STDs are a serious threat to your health if not treated right away. Getting tested and treated, if necessary, is essential, as most STDs don’t go away on their own.
What Is an STD?
STDs (sexually transmitted diseases), sometimes called STIs (sexually transmitted infections), are disease-causing infections passed from one person to another via sexual contact.
These pathogens can sometimes be passed on to infants during pregnancy and childbirth or from persons sharing needles or contaminated blood transfusions.
Symptoms and Risks of an STD
Symptoms may not be present, which causes many STDs to go unnoticed for long periods. The infection can easily pass from one unaware person to another.
If signs are present, they could vary depending on the pathogen responsible. The Mayo Clinic states some signs and symptoms that can occur are:
- Sores or bumps on the genitals or in the oral or rectal area
- Painful or burning urination
- Discharge from the penis
- Unusual or odorous vaginal discharge
- Unusual vaginal bleeding
- Pain during sex
- Sore, swollen lymph nodes, particularly in the groin but sometimes more widespread
- Lower abdominal pain
- Rash over the trunk, hands, or feet
For your health and safety, seek immediate medical attention if you recognize any signs or symptoms of STDs. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
How Do I Know If I Have an STD?
If you are sexually active, and you or your partner have had more than one partner, getting tested for STDs is critical.
Annual screening for STDs is recommended for all sexually active women 25 years and under. If you’re 25 or older and have a new partner(s) or other risks, the CDC recommends you get tested for your safety and that of your partner(s).
At Options Clinic, we offer limited STI testing to begin the process of getting clarity about your sexual health. Contact us today to learn more about STDs and how to get the proper testing and treatment immediately.
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