Nobody wants to talk about STDs openly, but they’re far more common than most people realize. The strain of herpes that causes cold sores is believed to infect up to 75% of the population! It’s important to understand the signs and symptoms of STDs so that you can protect yourself, seek treatment, and keep yourself healthy. Here’s what you need to know.
Signs of Chlamydia and Gonorrhea
Chlamydia is the most common STD in America, and it can be spread through any form of sex. This means that condoms cannot prevent this disease.
The most noticeable symptoms of chlamydia include abnormal discharge with an odor, painful periods for women, itching, burning, and abdominal pain with fever. Fortunately, chlamydia is a bacteria that can be treated easily with antibiotics.
Gonorrhea is closely linked to chlamydia, so they are usually treated together. Unusual discharge and pain, and burning during urination define gonorrhea. Again, as long as this STD is diagnosed, all it takes is antibiotics to resolve.
Signs of Syphilis
Syphilis isn’t as simple to identify and treat as chlamydia and gonorrhea because it develops in four stages.
The first stage is a sore that might appear like a cut or ingrown hair, so it’s hard to identify immediately. The second stage of syphilis creates a rash on the body and sores in the mouth, vagina, or anus. Syphilis symptoms can disappear in the third stage, but the fourth stage can cause organ and nerve damage.
A drug test can indicate the need for antibiotics that eliminate the later stages of syphilis.
Signs of Herpes
Herpes develops in one of two strains, HSV-1 and HSV-2. Both can cause genital herpes in the form of very painful blisters around the penis, vagina, and anus. Since skin-to-skin contact is the only action needed to spread herpes, this STD is very easy to pass along.
Unlike other bacterial STDs, herpes is a virus that will not respond to antibiotics; there is currently no cure for herpes at all. Instead, antiviral medications can be used to manage herpes and prevent future outbreaks.
If you have started experiencing any of the above symptoms, the right thing to do for yourself and your partner is to undergo STD testing. Call 727-821-8700 to speak to a compassionate doctor at AFC Urgent Care in St. Petersburg, Florida, and schedule your test today.