Sexually transmitted diseases or STDs are quite common. Every year about 20 million new STD cases are reported in the United States. Individuals who have sexual relations with an STD infected person are at higher risk. It is possible to lower this risk by using a condom. However, this preventative method does not guarantee that you will not become infected if you have sex with a person who has STD. It is better to avoid sexual relations with any person who may have an STD. A sexual relationship is not the only way STDs spread from one person to another. It can spread in other ways as well.
One problem with some STDs is that the symptoms may appear quite late in the affected person. It may not even appear for a long time. There may be mild symptoms. The signs may resemble symptoms of other diseases. There is a high risk of STD symptoms being overlooked or misdiagnosed. In the meantime, if that person has sexual relations with any other person, those people coming in contact with the infected person are going to contract the infection. For this reason, it is advisable to get tested after every sexual encounter with a person who is suspected to harbor an STD infection. The advantage of early diagnosis is that some types of STDs can be treated successfully. It is important to avoid sexual listener-ship with another person until the test report confirms there is no STD.
Some of the common STDs include chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, HPV, PID, syphilis, and many others. Chlamydia is the most common STD. It is a curable STD but only when treated early. If left untreated, it can damage the body in many ways. It affects the penile urethra in men and cervix in women. Its symptoms include pain during sex and discharge through the penis or vagina. Most of these STDs are spread through sexual contact with an infected person. The infection can affect body organs like vagina, penis, anus, cervix, urethra, throat and eyes. If the infection is not treated in time, it can develop into a chronic or serious condition where it becomes difficult to treat it. In extreme cases, an STD can even cause the death of the infected person.
It is important to know that not all symptoms of infections and diseases that appear in the sexual organs are STDs. Other types of infections can also occur due to a sexual relationship. For example, urinary tract infections can occur due to intercourse. If you see the symptoms of an STD, you should get tested immediately. There are some home STD testing kits that you can use to test yourself. You can send your biosamples to a lab from home. Many labs offer this facility whereas you send your biosamples to them as instructed and receive your STD test report online at their website.