In the United States alone, almost 3 million people suffer from at least one type of STD.
That said, many Americans don’t get tested regularly, and a large number of them continue to live their lives undiagnosed, spreading STDs to their partners.
While STDs are no longer as dangerous as they once were — syphilis used to be a death sentence — these diseases can still be life-threatening when left untreated.
As advocates of preventive medicine, we at Grassroots Healthcare want to inform you about the signs of STDs, the risks you’re exposing yourself to, and how STDs are treated.
There are more than 10 common STDs in the United States, and most of them come with the following symptoms:
Keep in mind that some STDs don’t show symptoms. For example, tertiary (late) syphilis usually has no symptoms, yet it can be fatal. It can damage the brain, heart, nerves, and liver when left untreated.
So make sure you get tested often, especially if you have multiple partners, because some STDs are silent killers.
When left untreated, STDs can lead to infertility, miscarriages, eye inflammation, and heart disease. Another complication is a higher risk of cancer in both men and women, and since many people go undiagnosed for years, it’s impossible to determine how many of these cancers are the result of STDs.
Worse yet, one of the most dangerous STDs is also underdiagnosed. One in 7 people infected with HIV don’t know they have it.
If you’re sexually active and have more than one partner, it’s important to get tested. That said, even in a monogamous relationship, one partner may have an STD and be unaware of it.
Remember, not all STDs have symptoms, but that doesn’t mean they’re harmless. Plus, if you’re pregnant and you leave an STD untreated, you can transmit the STD to your child, and this can be deadly for the infant.
The stigma around STDs has kept many people from walking into a physician’s office. But it’s important to note that the information you share with your doctor is confidential. Your privacy is protected by law.
Second, STD treatments have evolved tremendously in the last two decades. Today, what used to be deadly is often treated with a course of antibiotics. Plus, a specialist can instruct you on what you can do to prevent future infections from occurring.
Whether you suspect you have an STD or not, getting tested on a regular basis can be a lifesaver, as these conditions can come with many complications when left untreated.
If you want to get tested for STDs to stay on top of your health, book an appointment online or over the phone with Grassroots Healthcare today.