Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
Most STDs affect both men and women, but in many cases the health problems they cause can be more severe for women. If a pregnant woman has an STD, it can cause serious health problems for the baby. If you have an STD caused by bacteria or parasites, we can diagnose and treat it with antibiotics or other medicines. If you have an STD caused by a virus, there is no cure. Sometimes medicines can keep the disease under control. Correct usage of latex condoms greatly reduces, but does not completely eliminate, the risk of catching or spreading STDs.
Most common STDs:
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
- HPV (Human Papillomavirus)
- Genital Herpes
- Genital Warts
- HIV (AIDS)
- STD Prevention
What are the symptoms of STDs?
Sometimes the symptoms of STDs are present, sometimes they are not. If symptoms are present, they may include one or more of the following:
- Bumps, sores, or warts near the mouth, anus, penis, or vagina
- Swelling or redness near the penis or vagina
- Skin rash
- Painful urination
- Weight loss, loose stools, night sweats
- Aches, pains, fever, and chills
- Yellowing of the skin (jaundice)
- Discharge from vagina or from penis of your partner (Vaginal discharge may have an odor)
- Bleeding from the vagina other than during a monthly period
- Painful sex
- Severe itching near the penis or vagina.
How do I know for sure that I have an STD?
First, you will need to make an appointment. Then, our doctor will examine you and perform tests to determine if you have an STD.