When an infection is passed from one person to another during sexual contact, it is considered a sexually transmitted disease or STD. However, some STDs can be transferred through other forms of contact like skin-to-skin (herpes, HPV).
If you think you have been exposed to an STD, it is important to get tested as soon as possible or contact a medical professional to get clear on treatments, the timing of testing, and other important information you need to keep yourself safe. At Clearway Clinic, we offer confidential STD testing and information to help you navigate this tough situation.
While all situations can be different, there are some frequently experienced symptoms you can look out for if you think you might have an STD. This list is not exclusive, but if you experience these symptoms it’s important to seek medical care. Here are some signs you have an STD:
- Pain when urinating
- Discharge or odor from your penis or vagina
- Vaginal Itching or irritation
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Lower abdomen pain
- Unusual vaginal bleeding
There are other symptoms you might experience, but these tend to be the most common.
What Types Of STDs Are There?
There are over 20 different types of STDs, the most common being chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhea, genital herpes, trichomoniasis, and HPV.
How Are Sexually Transmitted Diseases Diagnosed?
Typically if you suspect you have been exposed to an STD you will have an examination and swab or blood test done depending on what type of STD is suspected. It’s important to note that not all STDs have symptoms, so regular testing should be considered if you are sexually active.
What Should I Do If I Have STD Symptoms?
If you are experiencing these symptoms, getting tested is important to determine if you require antibiotics or another form of treatment. While this can be a scary and uncomfortable time, don’t put your health on hold. Reach out to our expert team for confidential and judgment-free care. We offer many services for testing and helping you access necessary information and resources.