SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES (STD)
From prevention tips to treatment and testing, Falls Avenue Immediate Care has you covered when it comes to STDs.
What Are STDs?
STDs are infections that spread from person to person most commonly through bodily fluids during sexual contact. It's also possible to spread STDs through hypodermic needles and objects like damp towels or wet clothing. There are more than 30 different bacteria, viruses and parasites that are known to be transmitted sexually. The most common of these include syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia and trichomoniasis – which are all curable – as well as hepatitis B, herpes simplex virus, HIV and human papillomavirus (HPV) – which are not currently curable.
Many STD symptoms can easily be confused with other issues, including yeast infections and urinary tract infections. Specific symptoms can vary depending on the type of STD, but keep a close eye out for these signs and symptoms:
Lower abdomen pain
Pain during sexual intercourse
Burning, itchiness or irritation around the genitals
Rash, bumps, blisters or sores around the genitals
STD Symptoms for Men vs. Women
When it comes to STDs, there are some signs and symptoms that men and women should look for specifically.
Women should also look for:
Menstrual bleeding or spotting between periods
Men should look for:
Painful, swollen testicles
Discharge from the penis
How Long Does It Take to Show STD Symptoms?
It can take less than two days or up to a month after exposure to the infection to show symptoms. Many STDs may be asymptomatic, or don't show obvious symptoms, which can make it difficult to know whether or not you should get tested. Whether you suspect you have an STD or not, it's important to get tested regularly – at least once a year, or more depending on your level of sexual activity.