Guide To Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Commonly known as STD, sexually transmitted diseases are spread by sexual intercourse. An individual can get infected when he or she has sex with an infected person. If you think you have STD or you are at risk of it, visit STI clinic in London for diagnosis and proper treatment.
You can be infected from any sexual activity involving the mouth, penis, anus, or vagina. STDs are serious illnesses that require prompt treatment. They should not be taken for granted.
There is no cure for some STDs such as HIV; it is one of the most deadly STDs. Other STDs that are treatable are the human papillomavirus (genital warts), gonorrhoea (clap), genital herpes, syphilis, hepatitis B, and chlamydia.
Some STDs do not show any symptoms while some do. However, some of the most common symptoms are:
- Severe itching near the vagina or penis
- Warts, sores, or bumps near the mouth, vagina, penis, or anus
- Painful sex
- Redness or swelling near the vagina or penis
- Bleeding from the vagina other than your regular monthly period
- Skin rash
- Discharge from the vagina or penis. This discharge may come with an odour
- Experiencing pain while urinating
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whitening of the eyes)
- Night sweats
- Watery stools
- Weight loss
- Fever and chills
- Aches and pains
How to Know If You Have STD
You can go for a private STD testing if you think you are at risk of a sexually transmitted infection. Another way to go about it is to talk to your doctor — he or she can recommend you go for full STD tests in London to determine if you have an STD.
If the test result shows that you have an STD, treatment will commence immediately. This is very important as it prevents further damages from happening in your body,and early treatment curbs the situation and prevents it from escalating.
It also reduces the risks of you spreading it to others. Treatment will be given to you,and it will help cure the STD (if it is the curable type). It will also lessen the symptoms of the STD, reduce your likelihood of spreading it to others and help you get healthy and remain healthy.
How STDs are Treated
Many sexually transmitted diseases are treated with the help of antibiotics. If your doctor gives you antibiotics to treat your STD, you have to follow the dose strictly and take all the drugs even if the symptoms are gone halfway through the treatment.
Also, do not give someone else your medication and do not take another person medication to treat your disease. When you do so, the disease can come back again,and this time around, it may be more challenging to diagnose and treat because the bacteria would have become resistant to the treatment. This is known as antibiotic resistance.
Some doctors give their patients additional antibiotics to give to their partners so that both of them can be treated at the same time. You can ask your doctor to do this for you.
How to Protect Yourself From STD
There are several ways you can protect yourself from STDs, and some of them are:
- Take time to learn about STDs because the more you know, the more knowledgeable you will be,and you will be able to protect yourself better.
- Know the signs and symptoms of STDs so that when you see them in you or your partner, you will know what to do.
- Do not use drugs or alcohol before you have sex. It might make you forget to use a condom when you are drunk or under the influence of drugs.
- Get checked for STDs regularly if you are sexually active and have more than one sexual partner—even if you have just one partner; you still have to go for regular STD tests. This will also reduce the risk of you infecting someone with STD.
- You have to choose your sex partners carefully. Avoid having sex with someone you suspect might have an STD and always remember that you can not tell if your partner has STD by physical looks.
- Reduce the number of sex partners you have because the more partners you have, the higher your risk of contracting STDs.
- Have only one sex partner; monogamy is a safe practice if both of you are faithful to each other. Make sure you are the only person your partner is having sex with as this will help in reducing your risk of contracting an STD.
- Use latex condoms anytime you want to have sex— if you must use a lubricant, it should be water-based.
- Remember that abstinence (staying away from sex) is the best and only sure way to prevent STDs.
How to Avoid Spreading STDs to Others
you can reduce your risks of infecting others with STDs if you follow these tips below
- Be faithful to your sex partner
- You must stop having sex if you have STD until you see a doctor and have completed your treatment
- Follow the instructions of your doctor strictly during the treatment period
- Do not resume having sex until your doctor gives you the go-ahead
- Use condoms whenever you want to have sex
- Use condoms when you want to have sex with new partners
- Always have regular private STD testing, this helps you know your status
- Always make sure that your partner or partners also go for private STI testing; this ensures the safety of everyone
At the STI clinic,we provide same day STD testing in London. Our team of experienced doctors will diagnose and treat you of various STDs.We are friendly and provide a comfortable environment where you can ask questions regarding your health. Also, every information obtained from our patient is treated as highly confidential.
Call us today on 02071830649 to book an appointment.