What are STD's?
Sexually transmitted diseases (STD's) are serious, sometimes painful diseases that can cause damage to your body if not treated. Some STD's infest only your sexual and/or reproductive organs. Others can damage throughout the body. When left untreated some STD's may cause life-threatening consequences. Don't let this happen to you…..get a check-up.
STD Can Be "Silent"
Sometimes you can be infected with an STD without having any signs or symptoms of illness. Sometimes you can have symptoms that go away by themselves without treatment. This doesn't mean that the STD has gone away. You still have the STD until you are treated.
Some STD's are Incurable
While most STD's can be cured with proper medical treatment, some cannot be cured at present time. Some like Herpes are lifelong infections.
How are STD's Spread?
STD's are spread during sexual activity (especially vaginal, oral and anal sex). Some STD's are also spread by contact with blood. Most STD germs live in warm moist areas of the body like the mouth, rectum and sex organs (vagina, vulva, penis and testes).
What Should I DO?
If you think that you might have as STD or have been exposed to one, get a check-up as soon as possible. Some STD's (like Herpes) can only be properly diagnosed while you have the symptoms. Although private doctors can treat STD's, The Health Department specializes in testing and treatment of these diseases. At the Health Department, the STD screening and treatment if FREE.
Most STD'd can be treated with antibiotics, however it is very important that you get the correct medicine and follow the instructions carefully. Don't borrow a friend's medicine. It may not work. Don't stop taking medicine when you feel better or if your symptoms clear up. If you do not finish all of your medication, your STD could become a "super-bug" by becoming resistant to the medicine you quit taking. If this happens, it is very difficult to find a medication that will stop the "super-bug" and clear up the infection.
Don't Be Embarrassed
It is important to know that many people just like you get STD's. As many as 25% of the population are infected with some STD's. If you feel embarrassed, the most important thing to remember is that these diseases are very common among sexually active persons and that being treated is the most important thing to do about it. Otherwise, you may not get well and may become seriously ill in the future. It is also very important for your partner(s) to be treated. If not, the disease can spread to others, or back to you.
What are the Signs and Symptoms?