What is an STD?
STDs, also known as STIs are sexually transmitted diseases passed through sexual contact. These highly contagious diseases are passed through vaginal, anal, or oral sex. There is a chance of spreading through skin-to-skin contact as well. STDs can be caused by bacteria, parasites, or viruses.
According to the CDC (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), there are approximately 20 million new STD infections each year—almost half of them among young people ages 15 to 24, and the Peoria area ranks 30th in the nation. There are over 20 types of STDs, some including Chlamydia, Genital herpes, Gonorrhea, HIV/AIDS, and HPV.
Most Common STD Symptoms
Think you possibly have contracted an STD? Many people experience symptoms, at different degrees, but some people experience none at all. This is why STD testing is vital to treating possible STDs right away. Some common STD symptoms to look out for include:
- Abdominal pain
- Unusual discharge from the penis or vagina
- Sores or warts on the genital area
- Painful or frequent urination
- Abnormal vaginal odor
- Anal itching, soreness, or bleeding
- Itching and redness in the genital area
- Blisters or sores in or around the mouth
What if I’m Pregnant?
Are you pregnant and worried you have an STD? When pregnant, the result of an STD can be more harmful and even life-threatening for you and your baby when infected. Our Nurse practitioner can test and treat you for STD infections without cost to you, and their harmful effects can be prevented by receiving medical treatment during your pregnancy. Schedule an appointment to learn more. The effects of an STD can be prevented by receiving medical treatment during your pregnancy. Talk to us at Destiny Women’s Clinic to learn more.
STD Testing & Treatment
When should you get tested for an STD? The sooner you suspect anything, the better. There are medications that can help treat STDs caused by bacteria or parasites. Unfortunately, there isn’t a cure for STDs contracted by viruses. There are medications that can lower your risk of spreading infection.
Free & Confidential Support
We know how nerve-racking this step can be, but your health is so important. You owe it to yourself to know if you have an STD or not. You are not alone. Our compassionate team is here to support you along the way, offering our confidential, compassionate services and care.
Schedule your free & confidential appointment today to get tested and treated if needed.