Cases of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are on the rise. Of the most common diseases, gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia, Florida ranked #10 in the nation for syphilis. If you’re having sex, getting an STI is highly probable.
How DO You Get An STI?
STIs, including chlamydia and gonorrhea, are a typical result of having multiple sexual partners – or even one partner – if infected. You can contract an STI from oral, anal, or vaginal sex and genital touching.
Even if you had an STI in the past and received treatment, it is still possible to get infected again.
How Do I Know If I Have An STI?
If you are sexually active with multiple partners or with a partner who has had various partners, getting tested regularly for STIs is essential. Many STIs have little or no immediate symptoms, which is why people don’t get tested.
Some symptoms may include:
- Thick, cloudy, or bloody discharge from the penis or vagina
- Pain or burning sensation when urinating
- Painful, swollen testicles
- Anal itching
- Pelvic pain, possibly Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
- Rash marked by red or reddish-brown, penny-sized sores over any area of your body, including your palms and soles
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- Fatigue and a vague feeling of discomfort
- Soreness and aching
- Painful urination
- Lower abdominal pain
- Vaginal discharge in women
- Discharge from the penis in men
- Pain during sexual intercourse in women
What Should I Do If I Suspect I Have An STI?
It’s crucial to get tested regularly. Some STIs are easily treated and curable; others are more difficult to treat. If left untreated, STIs can lead to more severe diseases such as infertility, organ damage, certain types of cancer, or death.
Contact us for more information about STIs and your risk. We can refer you for testing and treatment.
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