The 10 Sexual Health Tests Every Woman Should Tick Off Her To-Do List


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Sex is fun, disease isn’t…

It’s not something any of us wants to do, but getting tested for sexually-transmitted infections is essential, both for your wellbeing and your partner’s. Use this checklist and chat to your doc about whether you should be tested for some or all of these 10 sexual health issues to make sure you’re 100 percent in the clear.

1. Syphilis

Left untreated, it can lead to internal damage, nerve damage, dementia or death. How it’s checked: Blood test.

2. HIV

It takes 10 years to develop into full-blown Aids – but can go undetected for many of those years. How it’s checked: Blood test.

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3. Chlamydia

Left untreated, it’s especially dangerous for women; it can damage the Fallopian tubes, which can increase the risk for an ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy outside the uterus). How it’s checked: Urine test or lab test of swab sample.

4. Genital Herpes

It can cause potentially fatal infection in babies. How it’s checked: Physical exam, blood test and/or lab test of swab sample.

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5. Gonorrhoea

It can spread through the blood to joints, causing arthritis-like symptoms. How it’s checked: Urine test and/or lab test of swab sample.

6. Hepatitis B & C

Chronic hepatitis B and C can lead to liver cirrhosis or liver cancer. How it’s checked: Blood test.

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7. Human Papillomavirus

It can lead to cervical cancer. How it’s checked: Pap test.

8. Trichomoniasis

It can cause babies to be born early or at low birth weight. How it’s checked: physical exam and/or lab test of swab sample.

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9. Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)

It can permanently damage female reproductive organs or cause an ectopic pregnancy. How it’s checked: Physical exam and/or ultrasound.

10. Bacterial Vaginosis

It can cause PID or increase the risk of pre-term delivery in pregnant women. How it’s checked: Physical exam and/or lab test of vaginal fluid.

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