STDs, or sexually transmitted diseases, are diseases that can be passed between sexual partners. Heling Dilone-Arellano, MD, at Multicultural Medical Office LLC in Clifton, New Jersey, offers STD testing and treatment options for all of her patients. STDs are preventable, so it’s important to practice safe sex, such as using a condom when having oral, anal, or vaginal sex. If you’re sexually active, it’s important to be tested frequently. Call Multicultural Medical Office today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about STDs.
Sexually transmitted diseases, known as STDs, or sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are diseases or infections that are passed to others through sexual contact. Common STDs include chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV/AIDS, and herpes.
Many people live with STDs. Some people don’t show symptoms but can still pass the infection or disease to others. Getting tested at Multicultural Medical Office is the best way to know if you’re infected with an STD.
Certain STDs are curable, such as chlamydia and gonorrhea, which can be treated with medication. However, diseases like herpes, human papillomavirus (HPV), and HIV aren’t curable. There are, however, medications available that reduce symptoms or make them less severe.
If you’re diagnosed with an STD, it’s important to tell your sexual partners before having sexual intercourse that they may be at risk.
Since it’s possible to have an STD and not show symptoms, testing is important. When present, symptoms may include:
In general, if there’s anything out of the ordinary in your genital area, it’s important to make an appointment right away to be tested.
Curable STDs like chlamydia and gonorrhea, if left untreated, can cause infertility and other health problems. HIV/AIDS is an infection that causes your immune system to fight important cells in the body that help with diseases and infections. This can affect your quality of life and be life-threatening. Herpes is a virus that causes an outbreak of sores on your genital area. There’s also a type of herpes virus that affects your mouth region. It’s possible to spread STDs during oral sex. It’s important to be tested frequently if you’re sexually active, especially if you have multiple partners.
The only way to guarantee there’s no risk is by abstaining from sex. Condoms are a great way to reduce the likelihood of getting an STD or becoming pregnant. Getting tested is the best way to stay on top of your sexual health. Being educated on the risks and communicating with your partner are great ways to reduce the chances of getting an STD.
Call Multicultural Medical Office today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about STD testing and treatment options for you.