More than 20 million people across the US will be diagnosed with an STD this year. According to the CDC, sexually-transmitted diseases (also known as STDs) are far more common than many people think. For many sexually-active individuals, regular testing isn’t necessarily a priority – or even something they realize they need. For that reason, sexually-transmitted diseases are spread regularly and easily. Frequent testing is your best protection against STDs, as is utilizing protection methods such as a condom. However, for many people, the first time they think about STD testing is when they’re dealing with possible symptoms.
Common STD Symptoms
If you’re worried that you’ve contracted an STD, the first thing to understand is that many sexually-transmitted diseases are highly treatable. Particularly if you’re diagnosed early, many of the most common STDs can be treated (or even cured) with a simple treatment plan provided by a doctor. So, what are the most common STD symptoms?
Many people are unsure of the symptoms they should look for – and not because they’re uninformed. The simple fact is that STD symptoms are often challenging to detect. In fact, women and men alike may never experience any physical indication that they have contracted an STD. So many sexually-transmitted diseases never produce symptoms (or have symptoms that appear to be flu-like), which is why frequent testing is a critical part of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
If left untreated, there are a number of sexually-transmitted diseases that can cause long-lasting, irreversible effects. In addition, patients who are unaware of their condition can easily infect unsuspecting partners.
However, there are a few common STD symptoms that women, in particular, can be aware of. For example, itching, bumps, and painful urination are often a clear indication of an infection.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may have been exposed to an STD:
- Itching in and around the vaginal area
- Blisters in and around the vaginal area
- Itchy, red, painful, and/or irritated vaginal rash
- Vaginal discharge (may be of varying consistency and color, including green, white, or yellow)
- Pain and burning during urination
- Painful sexual intercourse
Less Common STD Symptoms
The above symptoms are a handful of the most common indications of an STD. However, there are several other symptoms that, though less common, can also be a sign that you have contracted a sexually-transmitted disease:
- Spotting (bleeding) between regular menstrual periods
- Vaginal ulcers or blisters that are not painful
- Pelvic pain
- Pain in the lower back
- Unexplained fever
- Swelling of the joints
- Sore throat or mouth (particularly after oral sex)
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, it’s important to seek out STD testing to allow for quick treatment. Although it can be difficult to consider the possibility of exposure to one or more STDs, it’s important to know you’re not alone. STDs are highly common, and to get the answers you need, the next step is to get tested so that you can treat the infection as soon as possible.
Quick, Confidential STD Testing
At ARCpoint Labs, our highly-trained technicians provide you with the answers you need to maintain your sexual health. You can trust us to provide the quick, confidential, and highly accurate STD testing services you’re looking for, without wasting your time or putting you through a frustrating and stressful process. Whether you’re worried about specific symptoms, dealing with potential exposure, or just want to make responsible, regular testing a part of your wellness plan, our STD testing puts you in control of your health.
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