Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are quite common, with 20 million new cases reported every year. Left untreated, STDs can have long-term consequences. At Physicians for Women El Paso, you can get tested and treated for common STDs to protect your reproductive and general health. Women in El Paso, Texas, can call the office or book an appointment online to learn more about STD screening and therapy.
Sexually transmitted diseases are transferred by vaginal, oral, or anal sex. You’re at high risk if you have more than one sexual partner or have sex with someone who is not monogamous. Other factors that put you at high risk:
Rarely, the STD known as trichomoniasis can be transferred via contact with moist items such as wet clothing or towels. Intercourse isn’t the only way to get an STD, and genital touching can also spread infection.
Many times you can have an STD with no symptoms, and the infection can still be passed on to your partner. When symptoms do appear, they vary from disease to disease. Symptoms that indicate a possible STD include:
If you notice any of these symptoms, come to Physicians for Women El Paso for immediate evaluation and treatment.
Yes, testing is still a good idea, because you can be infected with an STD and have no symptoms. You may pass on the infection to your partner or partners without knowing it. If you engage in sexual intercourse without protection, have a new partner or more than one partner, or are just concerned you’ve been exposed to an STD, getting tested regularly is a good precaution.
A simple blood test, genital or mouth swab, or visual exam can help your doctor determine if you have an STD and what kind.
The most common STDs are:
Many of these can be cured with antibiotics or other medications, but some — such as HIV — can only be managed. It’s important to catch an STD before it can cause serious damage to your body or weaken your immune system.
To learn more about protection against STDs, as well as testing and treatment, call Physicians for Women El Paso or book an appointment online.