STD Treatment is Only a Click or Phone Call Away
Perhaps you’ve had unprotected sexual contact with your partner and you’re not sure if they are clean of STDs. You might even have had that contact weeks or months ago and are just starting to perceive the signs and symptoms of a possible infection. If you’ve never dealt with these types of issues, what do you do first? The logical first step is to ask your partner. However, if you are unable to speak with the person and find out their sexual history or whether they might be infected, your next best option is to go in and get tested.
STDs that are most common include HPV, hepatitis, Chlamydia, syphilis, HIV, herpes (genital warts), and gonorrhea. These diseases are transmitted through the exchange of bodily fluid or from open sores on an infected person’s skin. Links to pictures, articles, resources, and information are available to search online for anyone with an Internet connection and some free time. The benefit of an Internet page is that they are open 24 hours a day, AM or PM. The CDC also offers online guidelines and updates on statistics for yearly disease transmissions, publications about how to prevent STDs, and recommended ways to handle an infection.
Treatment of the disease is generally as easy as a round of antibiotics in most cases. However, I you have contracted a viral STD such as HIV, hepatitis, or herpes you will always have the disease. The only way to treat the disease is to suppress the immune system enough that the symptoms do not interfere with life and will help you fight off secondary infections like pneumonia as in the case of HIV infection. New oral and IV antiviral medications have been developed that control the body’s reaction to the virus and help the patient live a fuller and longer life. No matter your age or situation, exposure to an STD is a serious matter and needs to be dealt with promptly and properly.