STD Info

What is an STD?

An STD is a Sexually Transmitted Disease. An STD can also be referred to as a Sexually Transmitted Infection, or an STI. STDs are transmitted sexually, meaning that they are contracted during vaginal or anal intercourse or by oral sex. There are a wide variety of STDs, both symptomatic and asymptomatic, which is why regular STD testing is critical if you are sexually active.

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Early Detection

Some STIs have symptoms. Others do not. The only way to be certain that you are protecting your sexual health is to get tested regularly. Sometimes, STIs can advance to a dangerous place without ever showing symptoms. Other STIs can have very minor symptoms that evolve if left untreated. Early detection is the best way to make sure you are healthy and happy.

When Symptoms Show

There are lots of different symptoms for STIs that can mean a lot of different things. Some STIs share symptoms, while others have really unique indicators that you’ve contracted something. Just because you are showing symptoms of an STI, it doesn’t mean that it is too late for recovery.

Trichomaniasis

Trichomaniasis

Trichomoniasis is a common STD caused by a parasite and can be spread through several different kinds of sexual activity. Trichomoniasis can be asymptomatic, particularly in men, so it is very easy to spread unknowingly. Early detection is very important when dealing with trichomoniasis...

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Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is essentially a liver disease. It causes swelling and inflammation in the liver that makes it perform improperly. If left untreated, hepatitis can lead to severe consequences and even death in some cases, due to improper liver function.

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Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is essentially a liver disease. It causes swelling and inflammation in the liver that makes it perform improperly. If left untreated, hepatitis can lead to severe consequences and even death in some cases, due to improper liver function.

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Syphilis

Syphilis

Syphilis is an infection that is bacterial in nature. There are three very distinct stages to syphilis, and each stage has different symptoms. Many of the symptoms are the same as other STD’s, so it is important to get tested in order to distinguish...

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Gonorrhea

Gonorrhea

This is another STD that is often asymptomatic, so regular testing is important to detect if you may have it. The long term health consequences are extremely unpleasant if left untreated. Gonorrhea can lead to infertility/sterility, chronic pelvic pain, and even death. Treatment is...

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Chlamydia

Chlamydia

Chlamydia is an asymptomatic STD, meaning it does not normally show any symptoms. This makes it extremely hard to detect without the proper testing. Unfortunately, just because it does not show symptoms in a carrier that does not mean it will not cause major...

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Herpes

Herpes

There are two different strains of the herpes virus, HSV-1 and HSV-2. Genital herpes is rare from the HSV-1 virus unless there is a genital infection. Normally, the HSV-2 strain of the virus causes genital herpes. If HSV-1 is present in the body, it...

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HIV

HIV

HIV 1/2, otherwise known as the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, is a disease that spreads throughout the immune system. HIV 1/2 is the predecessor to AIDS, or the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. AIDS greatly increases the risk of the carrier getting infections, because it weakens...

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