STD Information is Not Hard to Find
With millions of Web pages available for viewing, there has never been an easier time to find out about sexually transmitted diseases than now. There are an overwhelming amount of topics, resources, and facts available from the privacy of your home! You can even find sites for health screenings, STD testing, and educational articles about disease prevention. Online directories are also available to search including site to help you find treatment centers near you. In most states, a treatment center in your area has programs that can help you get the information and testing you need at low or no cost.
For most people, the prospect of contracting an STD is a scary one. If you have sex without using a condom and your partner is already infected, you run the risk of becoming infected as well. Using barrier protection like condoms is the most common way to avoid an STD. The other option for prevention is abstinence. However, if abstinence is not for you, practicing self-control and doing your part by using a condom every time is your best bet. Keep in mind that some STDs can be spread from the genitalia to the mouth, so having unprotected oral sex is not a safe alternative to sexual intercourse.
There are many different types of STDs and all are bacterial, parasitic, or viral. The bacterial STDs that are most common include gonorrhea and syphilis. Chlamydia is actually a parasite. The good news is that both bacterial and parasitic STD infections are very treatable with a standard regimen of antibiotics. They usually clear up completely within 14 days from the date you began treatment. However, some STDs are viral and, unfortunately, there is no cure. This means that once you catch the virus through sexual contact or bodily fluid exchange, you have the disease for life. Viral STDs include herpes (genital warts or sores), hepatitis, and HIV AIDS. There is a bright side to these types of STDs as well: New pharmaceutical technology has allowed those who are infected to lead healthier and longer lives due to the development of antiviral medications.
Women in particular are generally more timid when it comes to seeking outside help for symptoms they may be experiencing. But it is extremely important for women of all ages to seek treatment or testing if they think they may be infected. Diseases such as HPV can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which is a very serious complication that can lead to infertility if left untreated. This can be a devastating diagnosis for a woman hoping to give birth someday. The top reason most people don’t want to get tested is because they are embarrassed. However, with our anonymous STD testing services rest assured your identity and results will be kept confidential.