STD and STI Treatment
An STD is a sexually transmitted disease, and it develops from what begins as an STI, or sexually transmitted infection. STIs and STDs are typically acquired through sexual contact. They are caused by microorganisms like parasites, viruses, and bacteria.
Keep in mind that STDs can be transmitted from one person to another through semen, blood, vaginal fluid, or other bodily fluids without penetration. Sometimes, these infections are nonsexual; they can be transmitted from mother to fetus through pregnancy or childbirth. Another way of transmitting the disease is through shared needles or blood transfusions. Some STDs do not cause symptoms, while others have noticeable problems. A lot of times, people are unaware that they have the disease because they are asymptomatic.
GuruMD offers walk-in appointments for those who suspect they may have an STD/STI. Here is some basic information you should know.
STDs and STIs: What Are They?
Examples of STDs or sexually transmitted diseases include chlamydia, genital herpes, genital warts, HIV, hepatitis, syphilis, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis. They are often the most contagious diseases, affecting more than 65 million Americans. Some of these infections require prescription medication, and some cannot be cured.
People can get STDs from oral, anal, or vaginal sex, as well as from other forms of sexual contact or the exchange of bodily fluids. People who are at high risk for STDs include those who have unprotected sex with multiple partners or share needles. HIV, Hepatitis B, and herpes are chronic conditions that can be managed, but not cured.
Sometimes STDs are asymptomatic, and people don’t realize they have one until it has compromised their immune system and reproductive organs. For example, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) is caused by chlamydia and gonorrhea. Both of these STIs are usually asymptomatic, but PID can result in infertility for women. If the STD is transferred from the mother to the newborn child, it can cause death or permanent damage.
Symptoms of STD
The common symptoms of STDs are:
- Discharge from the penis
- Pain/burning urination
- Bumps or sores in the genital regions
- Vaginal bleeding
- Abnormal vaginal odor
- Pain during sex
- Lower abdominal pain
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Unusual rashes
Remember that many STIs and STDs are asymptomatic. The CDC recommends getting tested for STIs once a year for sexually active individuals. If you fall into this category or recently engaged in unprotected sexual intercourse with a new partner (or someone who has multiple partners), consider getting tested.
How Does GuruMD Treat STDs?
At GuruMD, we offer walk-in appointments for testing and STD/STI treatment. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms of STDs, all you have to do is create an account to speak with a medical provider, who will order a lab test for you.
Our board-certified professionals will send the patients to obtain a blood test, urine samples, and fluid samples. An oral test can be administered to collect saliva, which can test for HIV. A blood test can more accurately test for HIV, as well as syphilis. A urine sample or pap can detect STIs like chlamydia and gonorrhea, and fluid samples from open genital sores can test for herpes. Keep in mind that each STI has a different testing window. They are as follows:
- Chlamydia and gonorrhea - 2 weeks
- HIV - 4-12 weeks
- Syphilis - 12 weeks
You cannot be tested for the above STIs and STDs until the given amount of weeks after exposure has passed.
Once the online physician obtains the results from the lab, they can prescribe the proper medication. For example, prescription antibiotics can treat gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, and trichomonas. Antiviral drugs can manage genital herpes symptoms or HIV. The doctor will also provide prescription treatment for your sexual partner to prevent a re-infection.
Are you experiencing STD symptoms? Register for your GuruMD account now to get the treatment you need.