Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD)
Ob-Gyn Associates offers confidential counseling and testing for sexually transmitted diseases.
What is an STD?
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections or diseases that are passed from one person to another during sexual contact or intercourse. These infections are often symptomless, or symptoms may not manifest for months or years after the disease was contracted. Medically, infections are only referred to as diseases when they cause symptoms. STDs are sometimes referred to as Sexually Transmitted Infections, as symptoms may not manifest immediately. Most STDs can be treated quickly and effectively if caught early; however, some may cause grave complications or even death if left untreated.
How Will I Know If I Have an STD?
If you are sexually active and have unprotected sex, multiple partners, or do not know your partner’s sexual history, the best way to know if you have contracted an STD is by having regular screenings. Many STDs do not present symptoms for months or even years. There are some symptoms to be aware of including: sores or ulcers in the genital area, painful itching or a rash in the genital area, painful urination, or abnormal discharge from the penis or vagina. If you suspect that you do have an STD, seek screening and treatment immediately. Most STDs can be treated with an antibiotic.
What Types of STDs are There?
More than half of the adult population of the United States will contract a sexually transmitted disease at some point during their lifetimes, making STDs troublingly common. There are approximately 20 different infections transferable via sexual contact, including:
- Genital Warts
- Hepatitis B
- HIV & AIDS
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
- Molluscum Contagiosum
- Pubic Lice (Crabs)