Since many STDs go unnoticed for long periods, many believe these infections can resolve themselves. Unfortunately, this is not the case; receiving immediate medical attention is necessary to treat STDs.
What Is an STD?
An STD (sexually transmitted disease) is sometimes referred to as an STI (sexually transmitted infection). These pathogenic illnesses are passed from one person to another via sexual contact.
Sometimes these diseases are also passed to infants of infected mothers. It’s essential to receive regular screenings to ensure your family’s safety.
How Are STDs Treated?
According to the Mayo Clinic, treatments vary depending on the type of STD. Viruses cause some STDs, and bacteria cause others.
- If a bacterial infection, antibiotics can usually treat the STD.
- If a viral infection, there is usually no cure, but antiviral medications can help prevent further disease or symptoms.
The most important thing to remember is to get tested and receive any necessary treatment immediately. Though these infections may have “silent symptoms,” they will not remedy themselves and must be treated with the proper medication.
Can I Wait To Get Treatment?
Waiting can only cause more harm than good. Many STDs have long-term health effects that can be avoided by seeking immediate treatment.
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases states some of these complications for women are:
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Tubal or ectopic pregnancy
- Cervical cancer
- Infection in infants born to infected mothers
According to the Cleveland Clinic, some long-term health problems for men include:
- Urethra infections
- Sore/Swollen testicles
Where Can I Go?
If you are seeking peace of mind and wish to receive an STD test, contact us today, and we can help you find your resources. Don’t delay in making your free, confidential appointment.
Together we will help you take control of your health and wellness in a judgment-free zone and refer you for testing.