Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) affect more than 2.3 million people in the United States each year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and can be dangerous to your health if left untreated. Dr. Gigi Kroll & Dr. Zhanna Pinkus with their dedicated team at Newport Center Women’s Health in Newport Beach, California, ensure proper STD diagnosis and develop a treatment plan right for you. If you are sexually active and want to learn more about how to prevent and treat STDs, call Newport Center Women’s Health today or book an appointment online.
STDs are passed from person to person through sexual contact, though intercourse is not the only way they are transmitted.
These infections are contracted through vaginal, anal, and oral sex, and they can sometimes be prevented through proper use of protection, like condoms.
Depending on the particular STD, these infections can also be transmitted through breastfeeding or sharing needles.
Because STDs often present no immediate signs or symptoms, it’s important to be tested at least once a year and depending on your level of sexual activity, even if you only have one long term partner. Your OB/GYN can help you determine which tests are right for you and with what frequency these tests should be performed so they can provide the best care.
Some of the most common symptoms of STDs to look out for include:
There are a number of STDs that you can contract, and they all have their own specific symptoms, though some may present no symptoms at all.
The most common STDs include:
Failing to get tested or seek treatment for an STD can be extremely dangerous for you and your current or future sexual partners.
Many STDs like chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, and syphilis can be cured with proper treatment by your doctors, but it’s important to seek help quickly.
Those diseases that can’t be cured, like herpes, trichomoniasis, HPV, and HIV, can be managed through medication and lifestyle changes.
If left untreated, however, STDs like HPV can lead to serious health problems, including cervical cancer.
Meanwhile, HIV can eventually lead to AIDS, a deadly syndrome that negatively impacts the body’s natural ability to fight off infections.
An STD can even be transmitted to your future children during pregnancy or childbirth.
Getting tested regularly and seeking medical help from the team at Newport Center Women’s Health the moment you think you may be exhibiting STD symptoms is imperative to limiting their impact on your health.
For more information about STD testing, prevention, and management, call Newport Center Women’s Health or book an appointment online today.