Are STDs Contagious?

woman curious about STD

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are contagious and can be very dangerous to your health and well-being. It is important to understand how these infections are spread, how to prevent them, and the impact they can contribute toward your health.

What is an STD?

An STD is an infection usually affecting the reproductive organs which can be passed from one person to another through sexual contact. These infections, which can go unnoticed for extended periods, can potentially damage your health and your partner’s, especially when not medically treated.

How are STDs Spread?

STDs can spread when one person comes into contact with infectious bodily fluids from another person. Usually, this occurs during sexual activities. However, it can also be passed from mother to infant during pregnancy and childbirth.

What are the Dangers?

STDs can have severe effects on your health. According to the Mayo Clinic, some of these dangers are:

  • Sores on genital, rectal, and oral regions
  • Irregular vaginal bleeding
  • Painful intercourse
  • Foul smelling vaginal odor and discharge
  • Penile Discharge
  • Abdominal pain or discomfort
  • Sore or swollen lymph node regions
  • Fever
  • Rash

What Should I Do If I Suspect I May Have an STD?

If you believe you might have an STD, it is essential to your well-being that you get tested and receive immediate assistance. STDs cannot be cured or managed by home treatments or home remedies. Obtaining medical care is the only way an STD can be effectively handled. Since there are many types of STDs, understanding what type you may have is essential in seeking the proper treatment.

What Are My Resources?

Please make an appointment with us today to receive a no-cost counseling session with our center at your earliest convenience. We can refer you for STD testing if needed and will provide you with the knowledge, support, and treatment options so that you understand how to protect your health and continue thriving.