If you have sex, you may also have an STD, with subtle or noticeable STD symptoms. Straight or gay, married or single, you’re vulnerable to STDs and STD symptoms, whether you engage in oral, anal or vaginal sex. Although condoms are highly effective for reducing transmission of STDs, keep in mind that no method is foolproof. STD symptoms aren’t always obvious. If you think you have STD symptoms or have been exposed to an STD, see a doctor. Some STDs can be treated easily and eliminated, but others require more involved, long-term treatment.
We offer STD testing in our lab and handle your results in complete confidence.
Symptoms of an STD can include:
It is essential to be evaluated. If you are diagnosed with an STD, you need to be treated immediately. It’s also essential to inform any partners so that they can be evaluated and treated. If untreated, STDs can increase your risk of acquiring another STD such as HIV. This happens because an STD can stimulate an immune response in the genital area or cause sores, either of which might make HIV transmission more likely.
Do not rely on symptoms or self-diagnosis to determine if you have an STD. The only way to really know is to get tested, especially at the first sign of a symptom or if you have had sexual contact with someone who may have an STD.
If you have symptoms of an STD or think you may have one, please call or visit The Urgent Care.