Starting a new relationship can be exciting, but at the same time, it can also be challenging. When you and your partner start to become intimate, a conversation about sexually transmitted diseases, or “STDs” and STIs ( sexually transmitted infections) can seem intimidating or scary.
Why should every new couple have this conversation? It’s important because you want to protect you and your partner from the spread of unwanted STDs or STIs. Fact: most people don’t show symptoms right away. You can imagine the anxiety a couple will face if one partner has an STD or STI that has been dormant for years and then all of a sudden has a break out.
AFC Urgent Care Danbury encourages anyone who is sexually active to learn more about STDs, STIs and testing options. Here is what you should know.
What Are The Symptoms Of STDs?
The truth about STDs is that you may not even know you have one. Symptoms may not always show up right away. Sometimes a person can go weeks, months, even years without knowing that they are carrying an STD/STI.
If you do have symptoms it may feel as if you’re coming down with a cold or the flu. This can cause low energy, a runny nose, headache, fevers and the feeling of fainting. Some of these infections can do serious damage to your reproductive organs and overall health if left unchecked over time! For instance, in some cases, pregnant women can develop severe complications from STDs and can even pass it on to newborns. In 2020, The CDC reported 2100 cases of syphilis in newborns in the U.S.
Most Common Symptoms:
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.
How Can I Avoid Getting An STD or STI?
STD prevention starts with practicing safer sex. Using barrier methods like condoms or dental dams can help reduce the chances of contracting an STD. We also suggest limiting the partners you have to reduce your chances of contracting an STD and spreading it as well.
The truth is, STDs are highly contagious. Even barrier methods like condoms are not 100% effective against STDs. This is why we suggest getting tested periodically throughout the year to know your status.
STD Testing Is Confidential At AFC Urgent Care Danbury
AFC Urgent Care Danbury offers Confidential STD testing 7 days a week. Walk in or make an appointment here. We have convenient hours on the weekdays from 8a-8p and weekend hours from 8a-5p making us the best choice to get tested for STDs. STD testing is quick and usually consists of a quick urine sample, blood sample, and/or oral swab. Results for STD testing are available within a few days.