Anyone having sexual relations can contract a sexually transmitted disease, even if it's "just" oral sex. Condoms are the best method of protection, but when not used as directed infections can still spread.
Beth, did you know you could have an infection without any symptoms appearing and still be passing the infection on to sexual partners? Gynecologists can provide non-invasive testing regularly to catch any infections. Common STDs are:
Symptoms do not always occur, but when they do, it’s usually a few weeks after exposure to the infection. They can include painful urination, vaginal discharge, pain in your abdomen, or painful intercourse.
You can be infected for months before symptoms might be present, or they can arise only a couple of days after exposure. Signs include thick or bloody discharge, abnormal menstrual bleeding, or anal itching and painful bowel movements.
Some people develop a flu-like reaction, such as fever, sore throat, swollen lymph glands, and fatigue, usually between two and six weeks after being infected. HIV can lead to AIDS, a chronic condition that can be fatal. The symptoms of HIV often fade after about a month, and worse or more regular signs might not crop up for another decade or more. Those later signs can include soaking night sweats, high fever for several weeks, and chronic diarrhea.
- Genital Herpes
Often has no symptoms or such mild reactions that they are unnoticeable. Some people, however, can suffer more intense reactions over several years. The signs include red bumps, blisters, or open sores in the genital and nearby skin, and itching in the same area.
Other common STDs include syphilis, hepatitis, genital warts, and trichomoniasis. All involve painful or unusual occurrences in the genital region.
For information about how to receive free testing for sexually transmitted diseases or how to lower your risk, please give us a call at 717-840-9885 or click on the button below to schedule an appointment to discuss your options.
Dr. Julie Drolet
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