STD Facts: Common STDs and Symptoms

STD FACT: A person may have an STD without knowing it. Using condoms does not mean you will not get an STD. Abstinence (not engaging in any sexual activity) is the only way to avoid the risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases. Common sexually transmitted diseases and infections include:
Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)
Genital Herpes
Genital Warts (HPV)
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis B
Hepatitis C

All infections do not show symptoms. If infectious symptoms do occur, 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. (This discharge may or may not have an odor.)
* Bleeding from the vagina other than during a monthly period.
* Painful sex.
* Severe itching near the penis or vagina.

ALL STDs DO NOT HAVE PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS LIKE THESE and NOT ALL OF THEM CAN BE AVOIDED SIMPLY BY USING A CONDOM. In fact, using condoms simply decreases the risk of contracting certain STD's. 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.


STD Facts: How Are STDs Treated?

STD FACT: certain STD's can be fatal if left untreated. The way to treat a sexually transmitted disease depends on the infection. Certain STDs are simple to treat with antibiotics which cures the infection. Others cannot be cured but they must be monitored by a doctor.

If you are prescribed an antibiotic to treat an STD, use it all. It is important to finish the medication even if the symptoms are gone before it is completed. You should never use someone else's prescription to treat your illness or share your prescription with others. If you and your partner are being treated at the same time, a doctor will prescribe medication for both of you.

Order 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 24 -48 hours. Knowing your 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 can save your life.

STD Facts: How To Protect Yourself from STDs

STD FACT: 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 reduce your risk.

~ Use a latex condom every time you have sexual relations. This can decrease the risk of contracting certain infections. (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 status, the more enjoyable your intimate relationship can be.

Thousands of convenient testing locations are available nationwide. Order your confidential, FDA Approved STD test now.

STD Facts