Some sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are embarrassing and annoying, but don’t cause serious illness. Others have long-term consequences, such as infertility, and are potentially life-threatening. Doctor of Nursing Practice Lucas Egebe, PMHNP-BC, DNP, delivers discreet and effective STD treatment at Houston Medical-Mental Health Clinic in Houston, Texas. You can undergo testing and treatment for your STD at one convenient location. Call the office today to schedule a consultation, or you can request an in-person or telehealth appointment online.
A sexually transmitted disease (STD) is an infection that you contract after being intimate with another person. Some STDs also spread when people with drug addictions share needles.
Types of STDs include:
If you have an STD, it’s important to know so that you can get the right treatment. It also enables you to contact the people with whom you’ve been intimate so they can get tested too. This helps you avoid the problems STDs can cause and stops these diseases from spreading.What symptoms do STDs cause?
Some STDs cause symptoms that affect your genital area. These include:
It’s important to know that certain STDs cause few or no noticeable symptoms, and some cause symptoms you wouldn’t associate with an STD, like fever. The best way to be sure if you have an infection and identify it is to undergo testing at Houston Medical-Mental Health Clinic.
Testing is a straightforward process. Your provider takes a sample of any discharge, a skin scraping, or blood. The samples go to the lab for testing, and when the results come back, your provider can start you on the appropriate STD treatment.What STD treatments are available?
The STD treatment you need depends on whether your infection is caused by a virus or a bacteria.
If you have a bacterial infection like chlamydia, trichomoniasis, gonorrhea, or syphilis, your provider can normally cure the condition with the right antibiotics. It’s vital to take the entire course exactly as directed, even if your symptoms disappear.
You must also avoid having sex for at least seven days once your sores heal or after completing your treatment.
Antiviral drugs can help with STDs like herpes and HIV. These treatments don’t cure your infection, but they can keep your symptoms under control. You need to continue your viral STD treatment, or the symptoms flare up again.
Because viral STDs are incurable, be aware that you can pass the infection to your sexual partners. Therefore it’s vital to practice safe sex and use a condom. Always using a condom and avoiding high-risk sexual activities are the best ways to prevent STDs, other than not having sex at all.
Houston Medical-Mental Health Clinic also offers vaccinations against STDs like human papillomavirus and hepatitis B.
For discreet and effective STD treatment, call Houston Medical-Mental Health Clinic today or book an appointment online.