Archive for the ‘STD’s’ Category

Warning Signs For STD

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

1. A sore, wart, or rash in the genital area of you or your partner

This may seem like an obvious warning sign, but unfortunately it is often ignored. Skin rashes and lesions often come on at the onset of a sexually transmitted disease, but the lesions may disappear within a few days. However, the infection itself is left untrested. The person assumes it was an allergic reaction or normal skin irritation and does not investigate the real possibility of having an STD. If you notice a rash or lesion you or your partner it is essential to have an STD workup done.

2. Painful or frequent urination

Painful or frequent urination is one of the most common symptoms of STDs particularly gonnorhea. Women often mistake this symptom as a sign of having a urinary tract infection. They may try home remedies such as drinking cranberry juice or taking mild pain relievers such aas Tylenol. Unfortunately, as with genital sores, these symptoms may appear at the onset of the disease and then disappear. This leaves the person still infected and untreated. Any time you experience urgency, burning, or pain on urination a visit to the doctor is warranted.

3. Abnormal period

An abnormal period is another sign of an STD. If you notice increased flow or pain at menses, this may indicate an STD. If your period has always been regular and you experience bleeding at an unsual time this is also something that my need to be investigated. Heavy and prolonged bleeding should not be ignored.

4. Abnormal discharge

With an STD, women may notice increased vaginal discharge. There may be other causes such as a yeast infection or vaginitis. If you’ve never had a yeast infection before, now is not the time to start self diagnosing. Get in and get it looked at.

5. Pelvic pain

Other symptoms of STDs are easier to ignore than this one. Pelvic pain can range from mild to severe. If you are experiencing pelvic pain, especially in combination with other symptoms, contact your health care provider.

6. Foul odor

Funky or unusual odor may be cause for concern. Using feminine hygiene products may cover up the odor, but they will not treat an underlying infection. Although this may be embarassing to discuss with your health care provider, it is important to get a proper diagnosis.

7. No symptoms

Women quite frequently have no noticeable symptoms at all. Eighty percent of women with gonorrhea have no symptoms until the disease is advanced. All women should have annual pap smears. If you are sexually active, discuss with your health care provider including an STD work up with your annual exam.

STD’s : Symptoms and Warning Signs

Friday, May 1st, 2009

Except for AIDS, STDs can be treated if caught in the early stages. Here are some indications that you might have contracted a STD and it’s time you went for a check-up to the doctor.

In the case of women, look out for the following signs:

  • Unusual discharge from the vagina
  • Pain, burning or itching around the vagina
  • Pain in the pelvic area or abdomen, sometimes with fever or chills
  • Bleeding other than your usual period
  • Sores or blisters on the genitals or in the mouth

In the case of men, the following symptoms could indicate that they have contracted a STD:

  • Discharge from the end of the penis
  • Pain or burning when urinating
  • Swelling around the groin
  • Sores or blisters on the genitals or in the mouth
  • Flu-like symptoms such as fever chills, aches in the joints or muscles

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Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

STDs or STIs (sexually transmitted infections) are infections/diseases that can be transferred from one person to another through sexual contact. Some of the Sexually Transmitted Infections are also transmitted through birth, intravenous needles or breastfeeding.

The World Health Organization (External website that opens in a new window) estimates that more than one million new cases of curable, sexually-transmitted bacterial infections (STIs) occur worldwide everyday.

Adolescents and young adults (15-24) are the age groups at the greatest risk for acquiring a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD). STDs can have severe consequences if not treated, especially in women. It is important to go for STD testing whenever you suspect that you have contracted a sexually transmitted disease.

In India, the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases is quite high. Among the sexually transmitted diseases, AIDS is a serious concern. In acknowledgement of the need to strengthen the STD control program, especially in the context of the recently launched AIDS control program, efforts are being made to extend the National STD Control Programme (External website that opens in a new window) at the community level through existing private health care services in the country.