Sexually transmitted diseases are a serious health issue that can often become life-threatening. Males and females can develop any type of STD. If you suspect that you have an STD, then you should visit a physician at an urgent care center for an evaluation. Anyone who is sexually active can have an STD, but these conditions primarily occur in teenagers and young adults who don’t use the proper precautions. There are several types of STDs, including:
- Genital herpes – painful sores on the genitals
- Trichomoniasis – a parasitical infection
- Syphilis – a dangerous bacterial infection
- Gonorrhea – caused by bacteria
- Chlamydia – caused by a bacterial infection
- HIV – damages the body’s immune system
- HPV – leads to warts
- Hepatitis B – a liver infection
In some cases, experts recommend routine testing for STDs to find the conditions in the earliest stages rather than waiting until there are symptoms of the medical issues. Some of the symptoms from STDs include:
- Pain in the lower abdomen
- Discomfort during sexual intercourse
- Itching in the genital region
- Pain while urinating
- Abnormal discharge from the penis or vagina
- Bumps, warts, or rashes on the genitals
- Dark urine
- Yellowing of the eyes
- Frequent illnesses
It is important to remember that you may not have any symptoms from an STD, or alternatively, a symptom from an STD may not occur for several months or years.
Most STDs are diagnosed using specialized urine tests, but some of the conditions require blood testing instead. For bacterial infections, you are prescribed oral antibiotics, but there is no cure for viral STD infections. However, there are ways to manage STDs that are caused by viruses. Seeking treatment for STDs is vital to avoid complications such as additional inflammation in the organs inside the body along with avoiding infertility. With treatment or management, you can also avoid transmitting an STD to someone else. Using condoms can often prevent the transmission of STDs, but you should have testing for the conditions at least once a year. Some types of STDs are also transmitted with oral and anal sex, so you should learn more about the precautions available to prevent an infection from these types of sexual activity.
Making sure to get routine STD tests are a part of having a healthy sexual life. Contact WellCare Urgent Care center to learn more about sexually transmitted diseases and get testing done.