Understanding
Treatment For Sexually
Transmitted Diseases (STDs)

What are Sexually Transmitted Diseases?

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections that are acquired through intimate physical contact with an infected person. There are dozens of STDs, including Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Genital Herpes, HIV/AIDs, Hepatitis B, HPV, and Syphilis — most of which are caused by bacteria, parasites, and viruses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 20 million new infections occur every year in the United States. And while STDs affect both men and women, in many cases, the health problems STDs cause can be more severe for women. If a pregnant woman has an STD, it can severely impact the health of her baby.

Specially designed treatments based on the origin, form, and severity of your STD.

What are common sexually transmitted disease symptoms?

Signs and symptoms of STDs vary. Sometimes an individual may have severe signs and symptoms, while another may not exhibit any at all. The type and severity of symptoms also depend on the form and the stage of the STD contracted — and sometimes, an STD may affect more than just the genitals. The most common symptoms of an STD include genital itching, pain or swelling, bumps, warts and lesions on the genitals, unusual vaginal odor, burning, painful or frequent urination or ejaculation, abnormal discharge from the penis or vagina, and pain during intercourse.

How are STDs diagnosed?

The most effective way to determine whether or not you have an STD is to get tested. Blood tests, urine samples, fluid samples, and other screenings can identify and detect both the cause and the type of STD you may have contracted.

How does ID Care treat sexually transmitted diseases?

If you have an STD that’s caused by bacteria or a parasite, your treatment at ID Care may include antibiotics or other medications. However, STDs caused by viruses do not have a cure, but rather antiviral medications that help keep it under control. Regardless of the type of STD, the sooner you start your treatment with our experts, the more effective it will be.

How can I prevent sexually transmitted diseases?

You can avoid contracting an STD by talking with your partner to ensure he/she doesn’t currently have an STD and using latex condoms correctly — every time you have sex. However, it’s important to remember that condoms only lessen your risk, they do not eliminate the potential to contract or spread STDs.