There are a number of sexually transmitted diseases that are prevalent in the US. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (1), the most common STDs in the country are chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, although there are many other diseases and infections that can be transmitted through sexual contact that include:
If you are sexually active, it is important to get tested regularly for STDs and to practice safe sex in order to reduce your chances of contracting a disease. Getting tested for STDs is the definitive way to know if you have an infection that needs to be treated.
STD/STIs can affect people’s health in very negative ways. Below are health concerns associated with the most common STD/STIs:
Chlamydia can infect both men and women and is caused by the bacteria called chlamydia trachomatis and is usually spread through sexual contact with an infected person. Chlamydia is one of the most prevalent STDs in the United States and is particularly common in young adults. If left untreated, Chlamydia can cause serious health problems, including infertility in women as it can cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Fortunately, it can be easily treated with antibiotics.
Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that can cause serious consequences if left untreated. In women, gonorrhea can spread to the uterus or fallopian tubes and cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). PID can lead to infertility, chronic pain, and ectopic pregnancy. Gonorrhea can also cause premature delivery or low birth weight in newborns. In men, gonorrhea can infect the urethra and cause prostate inflammation (prostatitis). Gonorrhea can also spread to the blood and joints, causing septic arthritis. Gonorrhea can also be effectively treated with antibiotics.
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that can cause health problems if left untreated and is caused by the bacterium treponema pallidum. This STI is typically passed from person to person through sexual contact, can infect both men and women, and can lead to several health problems that include neurosyphilis (an infection of the nervous system that can cause paralysis), cardiovascular syphilis (an infection of the heart that can lead to stroke), and ocular syphilis (an infection of the eyes that can cause vision loss). Syphilis can be treated with penicillin and antibiotics.
Hepatitis C is a viral infection that most often affects the liver. The virus is transmitted through contact with contaminated blood, and it can cause a range of health problems, including liver damage, cirrhosis, and liver cancer. In some cases, hepatitis C can also lead to other serious health problems, such as kidney disease and diabetes. Hepatitis C can be treated with antiviral drugs.
Herpes is a virus that can cause several different physical conditions, including cold sores, genital ulcers, and encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) which can lead to seizures, blindness, and even death. While most people with herpes will never experience any serious symptoms, the virus can be dangerous for certain groups of people, such as newborn babies, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems. Genital herpes is another common STD, and it can be spread through skin-to-skin contact, including during sexual activity. The herpes virus can also be treated with antiviral drugs.
There are no at-home treatments for STD/STIs – Many STD/STIs, such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV, cannot be treated at home and need medical intervention with prescription medications. If you think you may have an STD, the best thing to do is to see a healthcare provider as soon as possible for testing and treatment. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent serious health complications and get you on the road to recovery quickly.
Negative Health effects of STD/STIs – Getting regularly tested for STD/STIs is the only way to know for sure if you’re infected, and it’s one of the most important things you can do to protect your sexual health. If you are sexually active, it’s recommended that you get tested for STDs at least once a year. Also, refrain from participating in unprotected sex as it can increase the chances of contracting an STD/STI, as they are transmitted through sexual contact. Having multiple sexual partners increases your chances of exposure, and early detection and treatment of STDs/STIs can help cure the disease/infection while preventing the spread of infection to others.
We understand that STD/STI testing can be sensitive for our patients, so we make this process as straightforward and stress-free as possible. When you come in for STD/STI testing, one of our providers will first gather information about your medical history and learn more about your symptoms. Then, a test will be recommended to confirm the presence of an STD/STI either through a swab or a urine sample. Results will then be communicated to you confidentially. If an STD/STI is present, we will then prescribe the proper treatment for your condition. Our goal at Prime Urgent Care is to provide quick and confidential results and effective treatment options for our patients who are dealing with an STD/STI.
Prime Urgent Care offers discreet, effective, and affordable STD/STI testing for people living in the Houston area. We understand STD/STI testing can be a sensitive issue, and our processes and procedures are focused on guaranteeing privacy along with quick results. Our experienced staff will ensure that you feel comfortable and respected throughout the process.
When it comes to STD testing, time is of the essence. The sooner people know their status, the sooner they can get treatment if needed and avoid passing sexually transmitted infections on to others. We offer telemedicine options so you can conveniently receive results and treatment options safely and securely from the comfort of your own home. Prime Urgent Care also offers competitive self-pay rates for all STD/STI testing and treatments, so you don’t need a health insurance to get tested and treated at a Prime Urgent Care center. Our urgent care centers are open 7 days a week in Pearland, Missouri City, and Sugar Land so call us at (713) 340-3111 to schedule an appointment or visit our webiste to book an online appointment today.
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