Pregnancy is not the only thing to be concerned about after having sex. STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) and STIs (sexually transmitted infections) are on the rise, due to lack of knowledge on how they are transmitted. STDs are infections passed from person to person during sexual contact – orally, anally, or vaginally. Many times these infections do not cause any noticeable symptoms.
Sexually transmitted diseases are very common. In fact, 1 in 2 sexually active young people will get an STD by the age of 25 and won’t even realize it. While some STDs can be cured, some cannot. Many have lifelong effects.
Confused by STDs and STIs? In the medical field, a disease is only labeled as such if symptoms are present. When there are no symptoms present, the infection will be labeled as a Sexual Transmitted Infection. Many people use the terms interchangeably.
Do you think you might have an STD? If you’ve had recent or even past sexual contact with another individual, it’s important that you get tested. Discover whether you should get tested, by using this STD checklist.
Did you know that there are more than 25 different types of sexually transmitted diseases? They range in severity and symptoms, including Chlamydia, which can be treated with medication and HIV/AIDS, which has no cure. Curious about the most common types of STDs and their corresponding symptoms? Click here to learn more.
Pregnant women can easily contract STDs. However, the consequences of having an STD when pregnant can have significant health implications. It is important to be aware of the harmful effects of STDs and how to protect yourself from infection.
If you suspect you may have an STD, do not wait to see a healthcare provider. Palm Beach Women’s Clinic offers testing and treatment for STDs at our four convenient locations in Palm Beach County. Contact us today for your low cost and confidential appointment.