STDs, or sexually transmitted diseases, are illnesses that spread through sexual contact with an infected partner. Some STDs are curable, but others aren’t. Common STDs include:
STDs are commonly caused by viruses, bacteria, or parasites. The earlier you detect and treat them, the lower your risk of complications and spreading STDs to other people.
Signs and symptoms you experience with STDs depend on the type you have. You may not notice any symptoms at all. If you do, you might experience the following:
Even if you don’t have any symptoms, but you’re at risk of contracting an STD, see the All Health Medical Group for STD testing.
STDs are spread through unprotected anal, oral, or vaginal sexual intercourse with an infected partner. The only way to avoid STDs fully is to abstain from having sex.
Having sex with just one partner who has been tested for STDs is another good prevention strategy. Using a condom or dental dam reduces your risk of getting an STD, but it isn't 100% effective.
During STD testing at All Health Medical Group, your provider discusses your lifestyle, medical history, and symptoms. They check your vital signs and complete a physical examination, including a pelvic exam in women.
Your provider can take a sample of secretions from open sores in your genital or anal area if you have them. They might recommend undergoing urine tests, blood tests, or a cervical swab in women.
If you have an STD, your treatment depends on the type you have since some STDs are curable and others are not. You might take antibiotics to cure syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, or trichomoniasis or take antiviral medications to suppress HIV or herpes viruses.
You must notify sexual partners if you test positive for STDs and abstain from sexual intercourse during antibiotics treatment. Your partner has to get treated for STDs as well.
If you’re at risk of getting an STD or you have symptoms of one, call the All Health Medical Group office or schedule an appointment online today.