What are Common STDs and Symptoms?

Common sexually transmitted diseases and infections include:
Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)
Chlamydia
Genital Herpes
Genital Warts (HPV)
Gonorrhea
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis B
Hepatitis C
HIV(AIDS)
Syphilis
Trichomoniasis

If symptoms are present, they may include one or more of the following:

* Bumps, sores, or warts near the mouth, anus, penis, or vagina.
* Swelling or redness near the penis or vagina.
* Skin rash.
* Painful urination.
* Weight loss, loose stools, night sweats.
* Aches, pains, fever, and chills.
* Yellowing of the skin (jaundice).
* Discharge from the penis or vagina. (Vaginal discharge may have an odor.)
* Bleeding from the vagina other than during a monthly period.
* Painful sex.
* Severe itching near the penis or vagina.

A person may have an STD without knowing it because ALL STDs DO NOT HAVE PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS LIKE THESE. In fact, some show no symptoms at in the beginning. The only way to know whether or not you have been infected with a sexually transmitted disease is by STD testing. Schedule your test now and get fast results.

 

How Are STDs Treated?

The way a sexually transmitted disease is treated depends on the infection. Many STDs are simple to treat with antibiotics.

If you are prescribed an antibiotic to treat an STD, it is important that you take it all, even if the symptoms go away before you are finished the bottle. Never take someone else's prescription to treat your illness. Do not share your prescription with others unless the doctor provides additional antibiotics to be given to your partner so that you can be treated at the same time.

Schedule a confidential STD test now and get fast results. Convenient testing centers are available nationwide.

If your test comes back positive for an STD you can speak to a doctor and get treated. If you are sexually active (especially if it is with a new partner) but have no symptoms, it is still smart to get tested so you will know for sure.

All you have to do is order your test online, provide a urine or blood sample at a local testing center, and your confidential results will be emailed to you in 1-2 days. Understanding your sexual health status is very important.

Remember, If you are having symptoms or you have a new partner and there are no symptoms yet, it is important to get tested now so you can talk to a doctor if your test comes back positive. Early detection is very important.

How Can I Protect Myself from STDs?

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that there are 19 million new infections every year in the United States. Abstinence (not having sex at all) is the only sure way to prevent sexually transmitted diseases. However, if you are sexually active there are some basic steps you can take to protect yourself.

~ Use a latex condom every time you have sex. (If you use a lubricant, make sure it is water-based.)
~ Limit your number of sexual partners. (The more partners you have, the more likely you are to catch an STD.)
~ Practice monogamy. (This means having sex with only one person and that person must only have sex with you.)
~ Don't use alcohol or drugs before you have sex. (You may be less likely to use a condom if you are drunk or high.)
~ Know the signs and symptoms of STDs. (Look for them in yourself and your sex partners.)
~ Get checked for STDs. (Don't risk not knowing or giving the infection to someone else.)

No matter what, it is important to know your STD status for your health and the health of your partner. Do not be afraid or embarrassed to start a conversation about sexual health. The more you know about each other's health status, the more enjoyable your relationship can be. Thousands of convenient testing locations are available nationwide. Schedule a confidential, FDA Approved STD test now.