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An STD is a sexually transmitted disease. You may also hear the term STI, or sexually transmitted infection. An STD or STI is an illness that results when certain bacteria, viruses, or parasites spread through sexual activity.
Common STDs are:
Regular annual exams and STD screenings are an important part of women’s health. If you experience symptoms that suggest an STD, seek prompt medical care, as some STDs can cause serious health problems.
Dignity Health has three excellent facilities in the Arizona area that are fully dedicated to women’s health services:
Use our online Find a Doctor tool to schedule a screening for STI/STDs in Arizona today.
It is possible to have an STD without any obvious signs or symptoms. Signs and symptoms of STDs may also vary according to the type of infection. Symptoms may include:
STDs are caused by sexually transmitted bacteria, viruses, and parasites. They can be spread through:
Some STDs can also be passed from a woman to her child during pregnancy and at birth.
Prevention of STDs and proper STD treatment are important to protect a woman’s overall health and fertility. Prevention options include:
For many STDs, medical treatment can cure or control the infection. Some STDs, such as gonorrhea or syphilis, can be cured with antibiotic treatment.
There is currently no known cure for herpes, HPV, or HIV. However, your doctor can prescribe medication to control symptoms and slow the progression of the infection. Because STDs are sexually transmitted, your sexual partners may also need treatment.
With prompt diagnosis and treatment, most STDs can be controlled before they cause long-term complications.
Dignity Health provides comprehensive women’s health services, including treatment for STDs, in Arizona.