If you have contracted any sexually transmitted disease, you do not have to suffer in silence. STDs are relatively common these days but the good news is that most of them are easy to cure. Below are some things you ought to know about STDs.
Symptoms in Men
Most STDs come with symptoms that let you know that all is not well with your genital or reproductive system. For men, the most common signs of sexually transmitted diseases are difficulty in urination, pain during urination or a burning sensation when you are urinating. In some cases, STDs come with a discharge from the penis. If you notice any of the symptoms above, you should consult a qualified medical practitioner immediately for diagnosis and treatment.
Symptoms in Women
Sexually transmitted disease in women come with some of the symptoms below. The patient may notice pain during intercourse or painful urination. In some cases, there may be blisters in the genital area. Other signs of STDs in women include virginal itching, burning sensation during urination and virginal discharge. Note that the vagina is an organ that has the ability to clean itself naturally. For this reason, some women may experience a virginal discharge that has nothing to do with a sexually transmitted disease. However, it is not safe to take things for granted. If you notice an unusual virginal discharge, the right move is to consult a medical doctor for the proper diagnosis and treatment.
Testing for STDs
The tests for sexually transmitted diseases include a high vagina swab, (for women) a urine test (men and women) or a urethra smear (for men). Other tests include a blood test, a urinalysis or a simple physical examination of the genitals. Sometimes, the most accurate test for a sexually transmitted disease is the culture and sensitivity test. This test identifies the pathogen you are dealing with and makes it easy to find out the drugs that can cure the ailment.
Complications Arising From STDs
Most sexually transmitted diseases can be treated with a course of antibiotics. However, some of these diseases are caused by pathogens that are drug-resistant. In this case, repeated treatment or a combination of powerful drugs are required to cure the disease. The earlier a sexually transmitted disease is treated, the better the chances of a permanent cure. In cases where the disease is not treated on time, there may be complications. Improperly treated or untreated STDs can lead to low sperm count, sterility or barrenness in women.
Preventing Sexually Transmitted Diseases
The best way to prevent STDs is to practice safe sex. In this context, the best practices are abstinence and mutual fidelity with your partner. Finally, sexually active people should use condoms to prevent STDs.