When it comes to your sexual health, prevention has always been important. In fact, preventing and avoiding many diseases and illnesses is something we’re sure everyone would love to perfect. Can you imagine all the time you’d get back, from not being sick and wasting time lying on the couch? It’s much easier to take a few extra steps of caution than to treat and recover from certain communicable diseases (hello, flu season).
The same goes for sexually transmitted diseases (also called STDs). Some STDs are easier to treat than others, and some may even follow you around for the rest of your life. So, keep reading to learn more about some of the most common STDs and how to identify them.
Most Common STDs
Chlamydia is the most commonly reported STD in the United States. It is spread by vaginal, anal, and oral sex, which makes it that much easier to spread. Symptoms don’t always make themselves known, and only 25% of women and 50% of men show symptoms, which is why it’s important to get tested on a regular basis. You know you’ll need to call your gynecologist if you’ve noticed an unusual discharge from your vagina or penis, or a painful burning sensation when you urinate. After you’ve treated your Chlamydia with antibiotics, you should get yourself re-tested in three months, just to be sure it’s gone and you haven’t given it to your partner(s). To be safe, they should be tested as well.
Gonorrhea is another extremely common STD that people get. You may get Gonorrhea with Chlamydia, and you may not even be able to tell the difference or notice you have more than one STD. The symptoms are similar, and you may feel pain or burning when you pee, or experience an unusual discharge from the vagina. Most men do get symptoms with Gonorrhea, but only about 20% of women do. So, if your partner complains of a burning sensation or a discharge, it’s worth having both of you get tested as soon as possible. Antibiotics can help both of you get rid of Gonorrhea.
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