What is a sexually transmitted disease?
A sexually transmitted disease (STD) is an infection that is spread by sexual contact. There are many kinds of STDs. The most common STDs include:
Viruses, bacteria, and parasites cause STDs by exposure to infected bodily fluids exchanged through manual, oral, or penetrating sexual contact. Some STDs, such as HIV, hepatitis C, and hepatitis B, can spread through blood exposure, such as with childbirth or sharing injection needles.
Who is at risk for STD?
Any form of sexual contact with others places you at risk for contracting an STD. Some factors can increase your risk, including:
There is a higher incidence of STD exposure for young people, especially ages 15-24. Victims of sexual assault or rape are also at very high risk of getting an STD.
What are the symptoms of STD?
Symptoms will vary with the type of STD you have and may include:
If you have symptoms of an STD or believe you have been exposed to an STD, Bethesda Immediate Care offers confidential testing. They provide same-day testing for syphilis and HIV and treatment for all forms of STD.
Treatment may include antibiotics, antiviral medications, and topical treatments. To reduce your risk of getting an STD, always use a condom or other protection when having oral, vaginal, or anal sex. If you or your partner has symptoms of an STD, you should abstain from any sexual contact.
For confidential STD testing and treatment, call, walk in, or schedule an appointment online with Bethesda Immediate Care today.