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Sexually Transmitted Disease: Signs and SymptomsFrisco, TX

Regardless of the myths you might have heard regarding sexually transmitted diseases, anyone who is sexually active can get one. Also known as sexually transmitted infections, many of these diseases can be transferred through sexual activity of any kind. Urgent care is essential when a person is infected with an STD. There is currently no way to completely protect yourself from STDs, but using condoms properly is the most effective way to reduce your risk. Some of these sexually transmitted diseases can be easily treated, while others require more intensive treatments.

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The best thing a person can do if they suspect they have acquired an STD is to see a doctor immediately for proper diagnosis and evaluation. They should inform their sexual partners about their diagnosis as well. Urgent care facilities can be very helpful when it comes to treating STDs since there is no need to wait weeks for an appointment, as is typically the case with traditional clinics.  

Leaving an STD untreated should never be an option. Besides the sometimes painful symptoms the patient has to deal with, it also increases the person's risk of acquiring other sexually transmitted infections, like HIV. This is caused by some symptoms of STDs, like sores in the genital area. In addition, failing to seek immediate treatment for an STD can lead to certain types of cancer, damaged organs, infertility or even death.

There are certain types of STDs that do not have any signs or symptoms. Many people who have common STDs, like gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes, trichomoniasis and the human papillomavirus, do not show any symptoms that would indicate something is wrong. That is one of the reasons it is so important to get tested often.

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Seven sexually transmitted diseases treated at urgent care centers

1. Chlamydia

This is a bacterial infection of the genital tract. It is also one of the hardest STDs to detect since the early stages have little to no symptoms. The symptoms of this disease do not begin to appear until a few weeks after the patient has been exposed, and given how mild they are, they are easy to overlook.

Symptoms associated with chlamydia include:

  • Pain coming from the lower abdomen
  • Pain while urinating
  • Vaginal/penile discharge
  • Pain during sexual activity for female patients
  • Sore testicles
  • Vaginal bleeding

  • 2. Gonorrhea

    This STD is also a bacterial infection of the genital tract. The infection can grow in the throat, mouth, anus and eyes. Most people begin to show symptoms about 10 days after being exposed to the bacteria, but some patients go months before experiencing any symptoms.

    The symptoms of this STD are:

  • Thick discharge from the vagina or penis
  • A burning sensation while urinating
  • Heavy periods and bleeding between menstrual cycles
  • Testicular pain
  • Pain during bowel movements
  • Itchy anus

  • 3. Trichomoniasis

    This STD is caused by a single-cell parasite known as trichomonas vaginalis. It is transmitted during sexual intercourse with a person who has already been infected. The parasite typically infects the urinary tracts of male patients, but most do not experience any symptoms. For women, trichomonas vaginalis often infects the vagina, and symptoms begin to emerge about 28 days after exposure. These include:

  • Greenish, yellowish, white or clear vaginal discharge
  • Penile discharge
  • Vaginal odor
  • Vaginal irritation
  • Penile irritation
  • Pain when having sex
  • Pain while urinating

  • 4. HIV/AIDS

    The term "HIV" refers to an infection that is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus. It weakens the infected person's immune system, making it harder to fight off bacteria, fungi and viruses that cause illnesses. It can also lead to AIDS, which is a chronic disease that can be fatal.

    Most people do not display any symptoms when first infected with the HIV virus. While it can lead to a flu-like illness within the first six weeks of infection, the only way to know for certain if a person has HIV is by having a test done.

    The symptoms of HIV include:

  • Headaches
  • Fever
  • Swollen lymph glands 
  • Rashes
  • A sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Coughing and shortness of breath
  • Diarrhea
  • Unexplainable weight loss
  • Night sweats
  • Unusual infections

  • 5. Genital herpes

    Genital herpes is a highly contagious condition caused by the herpes simplex virus. It enters a person's body via mucous membranes or breaks on the skin. Most people with genital herpes are not aware of their condition because they either do not have any symptoms or the symptoms are mild.

    The infection can still be spread even if the patient does not have any symptoms.

    Symptoms of genital herpes include:

  • Small red bumps around genitals
  • Blisters or open sores on the genitals
  • Pain around the genital area
  • Itchy genitals

  • 6. Human papillomavirus (HPV)

    This is one of the most common types of sexually transmitted infections. Some variations of the virus increase a woman's risk of developing cervical cancer, while others cause genital warts. HPV typically does not have any symptoms, but genital warts do. These include:

  • Flesh-colored bumps on genital area
  • Close formation of warts
  • Itchy genitals
  • Bleeding during intercourse

  • Genital warts can infect a person's mouth or throat if they have oral sex with an infected person.

    7. Syphilis

    Syphilis is caused by a bacterial infection. It is a disease that affects the mucous membranes, the genitals and the patient's skin. It can also affect other parts of the patient's body, like the heart and brain.

    The symptoms of syphilis can be broken down into four distinct stages: tertiary, latent, secondary and primary. During the latent stage, the symptoms of the disease disappear for a period. This does not mean the infection has been cured.

    Syphilis can also be transferred from a pregnant mother to her unborn child. This condition is known as congenital syphilis. The infection can lead to disabilities or even death for the child. It is extremely important that pregnant women are tested and treated for syphilis during pregnancy.

    The symptoms of syphilis include:

    Primary stage (first three months after exposure)

  • A sore on the lips, tongue, rectum or genitals

  • Secondary stage

  • Rashes
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Feeling feverish
  • Feeling fatigued

  • Tertiary stage

  • Numbness
  • Dementia
  • Paralysis
  • Neurosyphilis
  • Blindness
  • Difficulty moving around
  • If you think you might have a sexually transmitted disease, head to an urgent care center for immediate treatment. Early diagnosis and treatment goes a long way when it comes to treating sexually transmitted diseases. Failing to do so can lead to severe, life-threatening health issues.