How to Detect the Symptoms of STD
A sexually transmitted disease can cause a range of symptoms in people that can sometimes mask itself as a common medical condition. Signs such as sores, discharge, and pain can seem like a minor condition, but the risk of letting the symptoms continue without treatment can mean major health issues. That’s why it is so important to know how to detect symptoms of STDs, where and how you can get tested and treated, and how preventing them in the first place can be the key to having a healthy and safe sexual life.
First, knowing the symptoms is the best way to receive quick treatment. Many men and women show no signs of symptoms of the most common STD, Chlamydia. This parasite, called Chlamydia, enters through the urethra in men and through the vagina in women. Once more advanced, this infection can cause itching, discharge, pain, and burning when urinating. Another prevalent STD is the herpes virus which causes genital warts and sores that are extremely painful. Partners who are infected but not showing any physical signs of an outbreak are still contagious to their partners. Gonorrhea is sometimes referred to as “the clap” and can cause similar symptoms as Chlamydia including burning and discharge. With the CDC estimating over 700,000 new cases a year, it is one of the most commonly transmitted diseases. Syphilis is another STD that is extremely common. It is a bacterial infection whose scientific name is known as Treponema pallidum. The most concerning aspect of this disease is that the sores can occur on external parts of the body so transmission of this disease is only reduced, not eliminated, by using a condom.
HIV is another STD that is viral in nature and, thus, is incurable. Using a condom is an excellent way in preventing both the transmission and acquisition of the disease. In the early days of the disease, HIV quickly developed into AIDS and victims rapidly declined until they eventually passed away. That is no longer the case with new antiviral medications that help the patient lead an active and healthy life. Herpes is another STD that is related to HIV due to it also being caused by a virus. Like the mercilessness of a cancer, it spreads sores in a rash on the genitals. These sores on the skin are extremely sensitive and painful. Herpes can be transmitted even during times when an outbreak is not occurring. There are several antiviral medications on the market that help suppress the body’s immune system to lessen the number of outbreaks that can occur, but an infected person must still always use a condom when having sex.
Preventing an STD is as easy as abstaining from having sex in the first place or getting tested regularly and always using barrier protection such as a condom. When you combine these preventive measures, you increase your chances of never having to deal with a problem such as an STD.