STD Testing and Treatment

You should get a test from a medical provider if you suspect you are infected wtih an STD.

Often, STDs can be completely cured by using medications prescribed by a professional.

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Preventing STDs

  • The best way to prevent STDs is to avoid sex altogether (vaginal, oral or anal) and limit your number of sexual partners.

  • Use latex condoms. If used consistently and correctly, these are highly effective at preventing the transmission of most STDs, including HIV.

  • Remember, you should always be using latex condoms during anal and vaginal sex.

  • Always use a latex condom for oral sex with a penis.

  • For oral sex on a vagina or anus, also use a latex barrier (condom cut in half or dental dam).

  • You must notify your sex partner(s) as soon as possible if you test positive for an STD. Your partner(s) must be tested and treated at the same time as you. This can prevent re-infection.

Do not use home remedies to treat STDs.

STDs and your Health

Symptoms for women:

Unusual smell and/or discharge coming from the vagina Persistent pain in the pelvic area (unexplained) Pelvic pain while having sex Non-period bleeding from the vagina. An itching or burning sensation around the vagina

Symptoms for men:

Discharge or pailful urination coming from the penis

Symptoms for both men and women:

Swelling of the groin (the region close to your genitals) Pain or burning during bowel movements or urination Blisters, bumps or sores on or around the mouth, genitals or arms

Don’t forget:

Often, STDs do not show signs. Or, sometimes, the signs and symptoms of the STD go away, but the STD itself does not. Often people think that getting a blood sample at the doctors office means they are being tested for STDs. This is not necessarily true. If you are at risk of having an STD, talk to your doctor about being tested. STD testing is not necessarily a routine part of a gynecological exam for women.

Transmission of STDs

Most often, STDs are spread from Oral sex, Vaginal sex , Anal sex, And an infected mother can infect her newborn

Complications of STDs

If you leave an STD untreated, it can:

  • Be very serious and possibly painful

  • Lead to infertility (in both men and women)

  • Cause irreversible damage to reproductive organs

  • Spread to other sexual partners or partners sharing needles

  • Cause blindness, brain damage, arthritis or heart disease

  • Infect newborn babies, possibly leading to life-threatening compliations or even infant death

  • Cause death

STDs do not show signs !

You must contact your doctor if any of these symptoms are present.