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STD Symptoms and how to avoid contracting STDs

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

STD Symptoms and avoid contracting STDs

What is a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD)?

STDs, also known as Sexually Transmitted Diseases, are transmitted through unprotected sexual intercourse, intravenous drug use, or nonsexual contact such as childbirth or breastfeeding. Having unprotected sex with someone infected with an STD will more than likely lead to an infection. Examples of STDs include gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV, herpes, chlamydia, and hepatitis. If you believe you may be infected with an STD, you need to get tested immediately.

What are the symptoms of STDs?

Common STD symptoms include sores on the genitals, discharge, itching, a burning sensation during urination, dark or smelly urine, strange rashes or spots on your body, bumps, blisters, warts, or lesions on the genitals, unusual odors, and white spots in your pubic hair. Remember: Many STDs do not show symptoms.

 

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Which STD test do I need?

If you are at risk for one STD, you are at risk for all STDs. Our comprehensive 10 Test Panel checks for chlamydia, gonorrhea, oral herpes, genital herpes, HIV-1, HIV-2, hepatitis A, B, & C, and syphilis.

Are STDs curable?

Most sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are curable if detected early though some, like HIV and herpes, can only be managed.

How many people have Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 25% of the U.S. population have tested positive for STDs. This figure could actually be higher due to people who are infected but have not been tested. Many STDs, such as pubic lice (crabs), can be treated at home. Other STDs, like HPV and herpes, are not required to be reported.

 

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Is there a way I can avoid contracting STDs?

Yes, you can avoid contracting STDs by abstaining from unprotected sexual intercourse and intravenous drug use. Being in a monogamous relationship helps minimize the incidence of infections, but does not provide any guarantees. Getting tested annually and being aware of you and your partner’s sexual health can help you know if you are STD-positive. Getting treatment for any STDs you may contract helps you become STD-free.

Can I get an STD if I am a virgin?

Yes, it is possible to get an STD even if you are not sexually active. STDs like oral herpes and HPV can be transmitted through kissing or oral sex. Abstaining from all kinds of sexual activity and intravenous drug use are the only ways to completely avoid contracting an STD.

 

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