Millions of Americans contract a sexually transmitted disease every year. Trust OB/GYNs Dr. Jose F. De Leon and Dr. Phuong Nguyen-Luu to address your concerns and symptoms when it comes to this sensitive, and sometimes embarrassing, issue. If you live in Dallas or Irving, Texas, call one of the offices of Dr. Jose F. De Leon, M.D., P.A., or book an appointment online to learn about testing and treatment for STDs.
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are possible in anyone who has ever had unprotected sex, meaning sex without a male or female condom.
You may have only one partner, but if they have had multiple partners and don’t use protection, then you’re at risk. Some STDs can even be transferred via oral or anal sex.
Even if you have sex with someone who doesn’t have outward symptoms of a sexually transmitted disease, they can still be a carrier.
Condoms aren’t a guaranteed protection against STDs either, but they greatly reduce your risk. And if you aren’t in a committed, trusting, long-term relationship, it’s best to get tested regularly.
Before you stop using condoms in a relationship, both partners should also get tested to ensure good health.
Many types of STDs exist and they all look a little different. Some symptoms that should raise concern include:
Some STDs, specifically HIV/AIDS and hepatitis, can cause whole-body symptoms, such as nausea, loss of appetite, fatigue, or joint pain.
No single comprehensive test checks for all STDs. Dr. De Leon and Dr. Nguyen-Luu review your symptoms, sexual history, and concerns to decide how to proceed with testing. You might undergo a:
The doctors may also test any sores or blisters you have on your body to check their origin.
Treatment for STDs depends on what you have. Antibiotics, rest, and abstinence are common treatments. Some serious STDs require long-term management with medication and full disclosure with future partners. The doctors educate you on how to deal with your particular infection and how to avoid future infection.
If you’re concerned about STDs, call one of the offices to get tested or book an appointment online.