What is asymptomatic:
The asymptomatic definition is to have no symptoms. Simply put, what asymptomatic means is that a person with an infection does not show any sign of the infection.
When someone has an infection there is a period of time after they catch the germ before they have symptoms. In other words, this is the ‘incubation period.’ However, in some cases, people may catch an infection and never have any symptoms. Even with no symptoms, it’s possible to spread an infection.
With the COVID-19 pandemic the world saw many cases of infections where people presented no symptoms, in other words, asymptomatic.
What is asymptomatic STIs/STDS:
This often happens with STIs/STDs. It is very common to have asymptomatic Gonorrhea and Chlamydia. You might feel totally healthy, but many STIs can be asymptomatic and present no symptoms until later (or maybe never)—it’s different for everyone. STIs can spread through contact between areas not covered by protection (condoms or dental dams). In short, this is why they spread so easily. And they can cause serious issues if left untreated, like infertility.
Consequences of asymptomatic untreated STIs/STDs:
The consequences of an abscene of or late detection of an STI/STD is clear:
- Firstly, STIs can lead to severe reproductive health consequences (not just for individuals who identify as cis-female),
- Secondly, weakened immune systems making individuals more vulnerable to other serious illnesses,
- Thirdly, one can experience a change in nervous systems which can lead to behavioral challenges,
- Finally, it can cause pain when performing normal bodily functions
With Ash – testing is easy…
If you’re sexually active, it’s important to get tested every few months to make sure you’re sexually healthy. Ash make’s getting tested for STIs easy. Let’s make preventative STI testing a habit!
And remember, it’s okay to have STIs! We’ll probably all experience one (or multiple!) at some point in our lives if we’re sexually active. We’ve normalized sex, now it’s time to normalize testing!