Sexually transmitted diseases, also called sexually transmitted infections (STIs), are bacterial, viral, or parasitic infections passed from person to person during sex. This includes vaginal, anal, and oral sex.
Common STDs include:
Human papillomavirus (HPV)
Anyone sexually active is at risk of getting an STD. When left undiagnosed and untreated, STDs can cause long-term health problems, especially in women.
STD symptoms vary depending on the type of infection you have. Common signs and symptoms of STDs include:
Unusual genital discharge
Genital itching or burning
Pain during sex
Sores or warts in the genital area
Sores in or around the mouth
Pain during urination
However, you can have an STD and not have any symptoms, or you may have mild symptoms that go unnoticed.
If you’re sexually active, you should get tested for STDs. You shouldn’t wait until you have symptoms. When you come in for an STD consultation, You will be asked about your sexual activity and symptoms, if any, and your medical history will be reviewed.
Based on the information gathered, we'll determine what STDs to test for by a blood, urine and/or swab test. Your provider will explain when you can expect results from your STD testing and the preventive steps you need to take to protect yourself and your sexual partner.
If you test positive for an STD, you need treatment to clear up or manage the infection. Treatment depends on the type of infection you have and may include:
Antibiotics cure most bacterial and parasitic infections like chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis. You must take your antibiotic as prescribed.
You must also abstain from sexual contact during and up to seven days after your treatment to reduce your risk of passing the infection to your sexual partner.
Currently, there are no cures for viral STDs like HPV and HIV/AIDS. Our providers are HIV specialists who prescribe antiviral medications to control these STDs and customize your HIV care to maintain an undetectable viral load and reduce your risk of developing HIV-related complications.
Don’t wait to get tested for STDs. Call Reza Health or schedule an appointment online today.