Most people know that Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) are very common. In fact, the CDC reports that 1 in 5 Americans have an STD.

But what most people don’t realize is that having a present STD increases your risk of contracting HIV. How is this possible?

STDs change the cells in your vagina, penis, rectum, or mouth. This can be either asymptomatically or from visible sores or ulcers. The changes weaken the cells and make them more susceptible to disease. In other words, if you’ve previously contracted an STD, you’re more likely to contract HIV through a sexual encounter than someone who has never contracted an STD.

Additionally, an individual who has both an STD and HIV is more likely to give HIV to their partner. This is because having both an STD and HIV increases the viral load in semen and vaginal fluid, making it more likely to pass it along to your partner.

If you suspect you’ve been exposed to an STD or HIV, testing immediately is your best option. There will be less damage done to your body when STDs and HIV are caught early.

Private Testing Center is here to help with all your testing needs. We offer affordable and convenient testing in a constant effort to prevent the spread of Herpes, HIV and other STDs. We deliver fast results so any necessary treatment can happen quickly. Same Day appointments are available and with over 1500 locations nationwide, your closest location is only a short drive away. We understand your privacy is of the utmost importance and we assure confidentiality for every one of our customers.