Many STDs can go unnoticed or undiagnosed for a while, and because of this, it can seem like they’ll resolve themselves in time. This is, unfortunately, not always the case, and receiving immediate treatment is necessary to take care of most STDs and protect your long-term health.
What is an STD?
STD stands for sexually transmitted disease, and it is also sometimes referred to as an STI (sexually transmitted infection). These are pathogenic illnesses that are passed from one person to another through sexual contact, such as intercourse or oral contact.
It is also possible for STDs to be passed to infants from mothers who have an infection during delivery. In order to ensure your family’s safety, regular screenings for STDs are recommended for anyone who is sexually active.
How are STDs Treated?
The Mayo Clinic shares that treatments for STDs can vary depending on the type of infection. Some STDs are caused by viruses, while others are bacterial.
- If a bacterial infection, antibiotics can usually treat the STD.
- If a viral infection, there is usually no cure, but antiviral medications can help prevent further disease or symptoms.
The most important thing you can do is get tested and receive any recommended treatment as soon as possible. STDs can have “silent symptoms” where you may not recognize the need for care right away, but receiving treatment as soon as possible is vital to protect your long-term health and the health of your partner.
Can I Wait to Get Treatment?
Seeking treatment for STDs may seem daunting, but waiting will only make it worse. Many STDs have long-term health effects that can generally be avoided by seeking prompt treatment.
Some potential physical complications of STDs for women may include the following, as shared by The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases:
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Tubal or ectopic pregnancy
- Cervical cancer
- Infection in infants born to infected mothers
Where Can I Go?
Not sure what to do next, but want to protect your health? We can help with no-cost STD testing for women.
Our team at Oasis Medical can help you prioritize your health and wellness long-term in a confidential, judgment-free environment. Don’t delay – make your appointment today.