Sexually transmitted diseases (STD) or sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are conditions that result from a sexually transmitted strain of virus, parasite, or bacterial. Some STDs can cause cause serious health problems, including cancer and infertility. If not treated, some STDs can be fatal. Women are more likely than men to develop serious complications from STDs.
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Common sexually transmitted diseases include:
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
- HPV (human papillomavirus)
Symptoms of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
Signs of sexually transmitted diseases vary according to the type of infection. They may include:
- Unusual vaginal discharge, including yellow, white, gray, green, and foul-smelling discharge
- Unusual bumps, lumps, or sores in the genital area
- Painful urination
- Burning, itching, and pain in the genital region
- Pain during sex
- Enlarged lymph nodes
It is possible to have a sexually transmitted disease without any obvious symptoms.
Treatment for Herpes, Chlamydia, & Other STDs at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican Hospitals
Proper treatment and prevention of sexually transmitted infections is important for a woman’s overall health — and to protect her fertility.
With prompt diagnosis and treatment, most STDs can be cleared up before they cause long-term problems. Regular STD screenings and annual exams are an important part of a woman’s health care. If you experience symptoms that may be an STD, seek prompt medical help.
For many STDs, medical treatment can control or even cure the infection. Chlamydia or syphilis, for example, can be cured with antibiotics.
There is currently no cure for HIV, herpes, or HPV, but health care providers can prescribe medication to slow the progression of the infection and control symptoms. Because STDs are sexually transmitted, your sexual partners may need treatment, too.
Health care providers can administer vaccinations to help prevent human papillomavirus (HPV) and hepatitis. HPV causes genital warts and can lead to cervical dysplasia and cervical cancer.
Not engaging in any sexual activity with another person is one way to prevent STDs.
Safer Sex Practices
A monogamous sexual relationship with someone who does not have any STDs can help prevent infection. Limiting the number of sexual partners and using barrier protection (such as dental dams or latex condoms) every time you have sex and can also decrease your risk of contracting STDs.
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican offers comprehensive women’s health services, including treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.