If you learn you have an STD, you should seek treatment as soon as possible. Without treatment, health complications may occur. However, some STDs do not exhibit symptoms, so it is best to get tested regularly if you are sexually active. STDs do not go away on their own, and it is rare for them not to require treatment.
What Do I Need to Know About STDs?
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are caused by viruses, bacteria, or parasites and are typically picked up through sexual activity or bodily fluids. They can also be passed through sharing needles, blood transfusions, and from mothers to babies during pregnancy and childbirth.
Some STDs cause symptoms, while others do not. These symptoms may include:
- Sores or bumps on the genitals or in the oral or rectal area
- Painful or burning urination
- Discharge from the penis
- Unusual or odorous vaginal discharge
- Unusual vaginal bleeding
- Pain during sex
- Sore, swollen lymph nodes, particularly in the groin but sometimes more widespread
- Lower abdominal pain
- Rash over the trunk, hands, or feet
If left untreated, STDs can cause several complications, including infertility, pelvic pain, certain cancers, and problems during pregnancy. For this reason, you should get tested for STDs at a doctor’s office, pharmacy, or local pregnancy center if you qualify.
Anyone who engages in sexual activity can develop an STD. But some groups are more likely to develop one, including those with multiple sexual partners, engage in risky behaviors, or have unprotected sexual activity.
Free, Confidential STD Testing
Cleburne Pregnancy Center offers free, confidential testing for women for chlamydia and gonorrhea. We also provide counseling services to talk about the possible emotional effects of having STDs, as well as offer additional information.
To learn more about STD testing and receive information about our services, contact us today. We’re here to help.