STDs are contagious and have the potential to harm yourself, a pregnancy, and others. Getting tested and receiving medical treatment is the only way to protect yourself, others, and a pregnancy.
What Is A STD?
A sexually transmitted disease or STD is an infection usually passed from one person to another through sexual contact. These infections are caused by a virus, bacteria, or parasite.
Why is it important to be tested for an STD?
STDs have the potential to cause long-term, harmful health impacts if left untreated. Gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis, all of which are common in the US and preventable, are STDs that can impact a pregnancy. STDs often go unnoticed for extended periods because they show little to no symptoms. However, that doesn’t mean they aren’t harmful to your health.
Some symptoms can include the following:
- Sores or bumps on the genitals or in the oral or rectal area
- Painful or burning urination
- Discharge from the penis
- Unusual or odorous vaginal discharge
- Unusual vaginal bleeding
- Pain during sex
- Sore, swollen lymph nodes, particularly in the groin but sometimes more widespread
- Lower abdominal pain
Can I Treat A STD From Home?
STDs are not an infection that can be treated at home with home remedies or a “watch and wait” regimen. Medical intervention is necessary to receive the proper treatment. Testing is an essential step in devising and implementing a specific treatment plan.
Not waiting to receive the necessary treatment to protect your health and safety is crucial. Some complications that can arise from some STDs that are left untreated include:
- Pelvic pain
- Pregnancy complications
- Eye inflammation
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Heart disease
- Certain cancers, such as HPV-associated cervical and rectal cancers
Where Can I Go?
Contact us today if you are unsure where to go for STD testing. We can help you find the resources you need to make a plan to get tested and protect your wellness if you think you are pregnant.
Even if you are not exhibiting symptoms but are at risk for developing an STD, getting tested is important. Risk factors include:
- Having unprotected sex
- Having sexual contact with multiple partners
- Having a history of STDs
- Being forced to engage in sexual activity
- Misuse of alcohol or use of recreational drugs
- Injecting drugs
- Being young
We welcome you to set up an appointment so we can assist you in receiving the care you deserve in a judgment-free zone. You are worthy of quality care; this is your opportunity to take control of your health.