3 Things You Need To Know About STDs

Health & Medical Blog

In terms of dating, one of the worst things to experience is an STD. Sexual transmitted diseases can cause all sorts of problems if left untreated. In order to be prepared for these diseases, this information is important to know:

Symptoms of Common STDs

Before you start worrying, you need to know what the symptoms are for common STDs. That way, you can self-diagnose yourself and seek treatment from a doctor. One of the most common STDs is chlamydia, a bacterial infection in your genital tract. It can cause a burning sensation every time you urinate, pain during sexual intercourse and lower abdominal pain.

Symptoms for gonorrhea, another bacterial infection of the tract, include bloody discharges, pain when urinating and swollen testicles. It should be noted that a lot of STDs out there are asymptomatic, meaning they have no signs or symptoms. For this reason, it's important to always get tested before starting a relationship. 

STD Testing

If you are showing any of the aforementioned symptoms, you need to take advantage of STD testing. These tests can check for many different STDs, which include the two mentioned above and HIV, syphilis, hepatitis B and thrichomoniasis. Even if you don't have any symptoms, it's smart to get tested, especially if you have had multiple partners in the past. 

Most STDs today can be tested with a simple blood or urine samples. Other methods your doctor may try include urethral swabs and a physical examination. During physical exams, your doctor will look for sores or warts on your genitals. It's best to consult with your doctor prior to testing – so you can choose a method that you're most comfortable with.

What to do After Testing

If your tests come out positive for an STD, you need to seek treatment as quickly as possible. A lot of STDs today can be treated with antibiotics. Follow the directions for your medication as accurately as possible, and make sure to schedule follow-up visits with your doctor. Some STDs today can be fully cured, while others can't and only their symptoms can be treated.

You also need to tell all of your partners both present and in the past. They have the right to know about your medical conditions – so they can get tested and be treated if they need to.

Getting an STD (sexual transmitted disease) is the last thing you want to have happen for you or your partner. To prepare for these diseases, this information needs to be considered. 


26 March 2015