:An insightful article about sexually transmitted diseases and what to do if you suspect you have one

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STDs are very common all around the world, and many people who have them are asymptomatic, and because they don’t get tested often or as they should, they can live in a lot of pain and discomfort, resulting in harming their bodies. 

In this article, we’ll talk about STDs, including what they are, the different types as well as common symptoms to look after. Regardless, annual or bi-annual testing is always recommended, with or without symptoms present.

What Is An STD?

An STD is a Sexually Transmitted Disease, that is spread from one individual to another during vaginal, anal, and oral sex. There are different types of STDs and are extremely common, with most people who have them not even aware they do. Without proper treatment, they can compromise your health significantly, but thankfully, with early testing, they can be treated to avoid possible harm to your body. 

Nonsexual transmission of these illnesses is possible, for example, from mothers to their infants during pregnancy or childbirth, or by blood transfusions or sharing needles.

Types Of STD

There are more than 20 different types of STD, but the most common are:

  • Chlamydia. A bacterial infection is to blame. It is often asymptomatic, but once recognized, it is simple to cure.
  • Genital herpes. Causes blistery sores in your lips and/or genitals. Although there is no cure, the symptoms can be managed.
  • Gonorrhea. Similar to Chlamydia, often asymptomatic, but once recognized, it is simple to cure.
  • HIV/AIDS. An infection that causes your immune system to break down and can lead to AIDS. Although there is no cure, medication can help you maintain your health.
  • HPV. Although most types are harmless and go away on their own, some can cause cancer.
  • Pubic lice. Small parasites that cling to your genitals’ skin and hair. It’s simple to get rid of with over-the-counter treatments.
  • Syphilis. A bacterial infection that is prevalent. It’s easy to treat with medicine, but if you don’t, it can be hazardous.
  • Trichomoniasis. It is the major cause of vaginitis and it’s a pretty frequent ailment that’s also quite simple to treat.

Symptoms Of An STD

STDs do not usually induce symptoms, and others only cause minor ones. As a result, it is possible to get infected without realizing it. You can, however, pass it on to others.

Unusual discharge from the penis or vagina, sores or warts on the genital area, painful or frequent urination, itching and redness in the genital area, blisters or sores in or around the mouth, abnormal vaginal odor, anal itching, soreness, or bleeding, abdominal pain, and fever are all possible symptoms.

If you suspect you have an STD, book an appointment with us here to get properly tested. At Her Down There, we offer quality, fast and affordable health care services to help you stay healthy and educated about important topics such as STDs and other concerning subjects related to your body.