Stop the Discussion: What is STD Testing

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STD Testing

Stop the Discussion: What is STD Testing People with high blood pressure need an honest assessment of their condition. Learn about the risks, causes and

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STD Testing

Stop the Discussion: What is STD Testing People with high blood pressure need an honest assessment of their condition. Learn about the risks, causes and

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What is an STD? 

A STD (sexually transmitted diseases) is a condition that develops from any kind of sexual activity. STDs are a serious condition that is life-threatening is not treated immediately. Speak with a doctor if you are having any symptoms or have concerns about your health.  

How do we treat STDs? 

Testing for STDs: The type of test you need will depend on the type of STD you may have. STD testing includes: urine test, cheek swab, blood test, exam of your genital area, testing a fluid sample from sores, and testing discharge or cell samples from your body (usually vagina, urethra, cervix, penis, anus, or throat). The results of the testing will determine your treatment plan. 

Antibiotics: Antibiotics can treat many STDs. Antibiotics will be either a shot or pill to be taken by mouth. 

Antiviral: An antiviral may be prescribed if you have a STI (herpes or HIV). HIV require treatment and monitoring for the rest of your life and must be treated imminently so it does not progress to AIDS. It is important to stay on track with your care plan to monitor your HIV symptoms and keep HIV infection in check.  

What are symptoms of STDs?  

At times, STDs do not present any symptoms and are life-threatening if not treated immediately. If you are sexually active, it is imperative you are tested regularly for STDs or STIs.  

Genital symptoms:  

  • Bumps, sores, or warts on or near the penis, vagina, mouth, or anus 
  • Swelling, redness, or severe itching near the penis or vagina 
  • Vaginal discharge from that has a bad odor, causes irritation or is a different color or amount than usual. 
  • Vaginal bleeding that is not your period. 
  • Painful sex 

Other symptoms:  

    • Weight loss 
    • Diarrhea 
    • Night sweats 
    • Aches and pains 
    • Fever and chills 
    • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes) 
    • Painful urination of frequent urination  

When should I to see a doctor? 

See a doctor if you are experiencing any symptoms of STDs and speak to a doctor about any concerns you have. 

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