The most common STDs include:
Though HPV is the most common STD, your body usually eliminates the virus before it causes problems. However, when HPV takes hold, it may lead to serious problems like cervical cancer.
Untreated STDs also increase your risk of infertility, organ damage, and blindness. Pregnant women can pass the disease to their babies.
You may not have symptoms for weeks or months after you’re infected with an STD. When symptoms do appear, they often mimic other health problems, so you won’t realize they’re a sign of an STD.
You may have such minor symptoms that they go unnoticed. In many cases, STD symptoms disappear after a short time.
As a group, STDs may cause:
You may also develop flu-like symptoms like nausea, headaches, fatigue, and a fever.
You can get tested for an STD any time, whether or not you have symptoms. However, it’s important to get tested if your partner is diagnosed with an STD or you’re at a high risk of getting an STD.
Age is one of the top risk factors. People between the ages of 15-24 account for 55% of all reported cases of STDs. Your risk is also higher if you have multiple partners or you don’t use barrier birth control methods. Barriers like condoms are the only way to prevent the spread of an STD.
Your provider begins by performing a physical exam to check for signs such as warts, rashes, sores, or a discharge. Based on your symptoms and the results of your exam, your provider may:
Each type of STD needs a different test. If you know your partner has a specific STD, then your provider orders the appropriate test. Otherwise, they choose one or more tests based on your symptoms and risk factors.
Depending on the results, you may receive an antibiotic to clear the infection or antiviral medication to manage your STD.
To schedule an STD testing appointment, call First Care Bossier, or use the online booking system today.