Do I have an STD?
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), also known as Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and Venereal Diseases (VD) are quite common, in fact they are sadly more common than you think.
These infections are passed primarily through sexual intercourse. If you are sexually active, you should make getting tested your way of life. And just because you do not have any symptoms does not mean you are okay. Many STDs/STIs do not show any symptoms, so you have to be really careful if you do not want to catch and/or transmit them.
Some people call sexually transmitted diseases “Toilet Infections”, but the truth is that you cannot get any sexually transmitted disease from a toilet because sexually transmitted diseases cannot live outside of the body. There are also some body/bacterial infections that may be confused for sexually transmitted diseases, like yeast infections or urinary tract infections. Learn more about those infections and other body/bacterial infections here.
Even though many sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) do not have symptoms, you can not take them for granted. So if you are experiencing the following symptoms you should go to your nearest clinic for an STD test:
- Sores or wounds, rashes, bumps or raised skin/lesions or blisters on the mouth or genitals
- Feeling of hotness or painful urination or pain in your vagina/penis
- Swollen penis, scrotum/testicles, vagina area or mouth.
- Unusual discharge, serious itching or bad smell from the vagina
- Pain in your lower stomach area.
- Bleeding or pain during or after sex
If you do not get tested and allow your STD to go untreated, long term effects can include infertility, damage to your reproductive organs and other organs such as your liver and brain, and premature labor or stillbirth of a child if you are pregnant. (And if you are a male, you may be risking probable impotence!)
STDs caused by bacteria, like gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis, are generally easy to treat with common antibiotics. Viral infections, like herpes and HPV, can be managed with antiviral medications but can never be cured. If you're pregnant and have an STD/STI, prompt treatment can prevent or reduce the risk of infection in your baby.
There is no known and effective natural cure for STDs/STIs. The only way to be fully cured is by getting medication from a healthcare provider.