Every single person who’s sexually active could be at risk of contracting an STD. Because of this, the best thing you can do is educate yourself and practice safe sex every single time. The most common STD’s and treatments typically are:
Gonorrhea Symptoms: Most people don’t have any symptoms when they have gonorrhea. However, those who do, have reported the following issues: burning sensation when peeing; a white, yellow, or green discharge when peeing; or spotting between periods. If you had anal sex, you might get anal itching or painful bowel movements.
Treatment: Gonorrhea can be cured with antibiotics. It is important that the dose is completed as prescribed, otherwise, the infection will persist.
Chlamydia: Most people who have chlamydia aren’t aware of it, because it rarely has any symptoms. However, the people who have reported symptoms have complained about painful sexual intercourse, unusual discharge from their genitals, and burning while urinating.
Treatment: Chlamydia can also be cured with antibiotics.
Syphilis: The symptoms of syphilis will vary depending on the stage the disease is in: Primary, secondary, latent, or tertiary. Syphilis is actually so common in Kern County, that it is tested in pregnancy during the first and third trimesters.
During its primary stage, you may get painless sores in the affected area: genitals, anus, or mouth. They usually will go away within a couple of weeks. However, the person will still be infected with the virus unless they receive treatment.
During the secondary stage, you may get flu-like symptoms, such as a sore throat, fever, headaches, and being tired all the time.
During the tertiary stage, the disease will start to affect internal organs including your central nervous system and your brain.
Treatment: Syphilis can be treated with Penicillin. The dosage and length of treatment will depend on the stage of the disease. You should also follow up 6-12 months after treatment has ended to make sure you’re cured.
Additional Side Effects
Having Gonorrhea, Syphilis, or Chlamydia can be transmitted from mother to child during childbirth.
If you believe you are having symptoms of a sexually transmitted disease, you should book an appointment with a provider. At Advanced Women’s Health Center, you are always treated with respect and privacy.