Why Many People Ignore Their STD Symptoms
STD symptoms can be very different based on the particular disease that you have. Some symptoms can even go unnoticed, or be so similar to other illnesses that they go untreated. The range of symptoms can be anything from small blister and sores to extreme symptoms such as dementia and paralysis. Some STD’s such as HPV and AIDS can lead to cancer. If you are questioning whether a symptom is due to a sexually transmitted disease the best thing to do is consult a health care professional, immediately. Many STD symptoms can be cured with antibiotic drugs if they are caught early.
Many of the common symptoms of STD’s such as HIV and can be easily confused with illnesses such as the flu or mononucleosis. These STD symptoms include, fatigue, muscle aches, fever, swollen lymph nodes, sore throat and loss of appetite. If you have these symptoms and are not positive of the cause, you must be examined by a doctor. If they feel that you may be at risk of an STD, they may order a number of medical tests to determine the exact cause of your illness.
The signs of genital herpes are usually small blisters on or near the genital area. The infected person may notice an itching, tingling or burning sensation in the affected area. These symptoms can go away and come back weeks or even months later. Another sexually transmitted disease called Chlamydia can have symptoms in women such as vaginal discharge, pain during intercourse, fever, itching or burning around the vagina, abdominal pain and pain while urinating. Men may experience penis discharge, painful urination, burning and itching around the opening of the penis and pain and swelling around the testicles. More serious STD’s such as HIV can have symptoms that range from the flu-like symptoms discussed above to more severe neurological disorders.
No matter what your STD symptoms are, it is important to be diagnosed and treated immediately. You must refrain from oral, anal and vaginal sex if you feel you are possibly infected with a sexually transmitted disease. Using condoms during sex cannot prevent the spread of all STD’s. It is also important to notify any sexual partners, so that they can also be tested and receive treatment, if necessary. Many of these diseases may not show immediate symptoms and people can go years without realizing they are infected. This is why it is so important for men and women to have regular screenings if they are sexually active.
Once you have been given your test results, should provide you with information on free public services that can help you in your recovery if a test comes back positive. If you are feeling overwhelmed or emotionally stressed by this diagnosis you should request the contact information of a mental health professional that specialized in sexually transmitted diseases. Millions of people are diagnosed each year with an STD. Therefore, all sexually active people should get tested each year to confirm that they are not infected with any sexually transmitted diseases. Many of these diseases can be cured with medication if they are caught in time. If not, they can develop into severe illnesses that can be life threatening.