STI’s (Sexually Transmitted Infections), also known as STD’s (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) are very common, affecting more than 20 million Americans each year. But does common mean not dangerous? Not necessarily. Having an STI is among the most important public health issues in the nation owing to the fact that certain STI’s can cause infertility, premature and still births, infant pneumonia, eye infections leading to blindness, and even death. Some STI’s are associated with certain types of cancer. For these reasons it is vital that you recognize when you have contracted an STI so that it can be treated as soon as possible. So in honor of STI/STD Awareness Month, we at Urgent Care New Britain have compiled a list for men and women of the most common signs and symptoms of an STI.
What are the most common STIs for men and women?
STI’s are many and varied, but the most common found among both men and women are as seen below:
HPV (Human Papillomavirus) – there are 40 different types of HPV that can be contracted through bodily fluids, as well as skin-to-skin contact.
Chlamydia – This STI is a bacertial infection and will need to be treated with antibiotics. This particular STI is the most commonly reported infection in the US.
Gonorrhea – Like Chlamydia, this STI is a bacterial infection, and so will need to be treated with an antibiotic.
Syphilis – This infection takes place over four stages, and will be treated with antibiotics. This earlier this tricky infection is caught the better.
Herpes – There are two strains of herpes which result in different symptoms, but because it is a virus, you won’t be able to cure it. You can however take medication to manage it.
Trichomoniasis – This STI is more common in women than men, and is also harder to detect in men. This infection is actually caused by a parasite, and is treated with antibiotics.
What are the symptoms of an STI?
From the more common types of Sexually Transmitted Infections, here are the frequently occurring signs and symptoms:
Symptoms of HPV (Human Papillomavirus) – Unfortunately, most types of HPV do not yield any symptoms, and if they do they cause no real harm to your body as it will naturally fight them. When symptoms do surface, they usually take the form of genital warts, infection of the throat or mouth, or can even lead to cancer of the cervix or penis.
Symptoms of Chlamydia – Here is another STI where only a small percentage of men and women experience any symptoms. when symptoms do occur, they take the form of odd discharge, or a burning during urination.
Symptoms of Gonorrhea – This infection has very similar symptoms to Chlamydia including odd discharge, and a burning during urination. It is important to note that men usually experience symptoms far more often that women, who may not see any signs at all.
Symptoms of Syphilis – The symptoms of this STI are sometimes hard to detect in the early stages. First, a person who has contracted Syphilis will get a ‘sore’ which can easily be mistaken for a cut, or an ingrown hair. the next stages will involve the sore turning into a rash, and if untreated for long enough, this infection can stay with you for the rest of your life. In these final stages, the infection will cause organ and nerve damage.
Symptoms of Herpes – Luckily, this STI is a more clumsy culprit, leaving painful, or at least evident blisters. When you can see and feel the blisters, you are at your most contagious.
Symptoms of Trichomoniasis – Only about 25-35% of people who contract this STI experience symptoms. Symptoms will include itching, burning, or sore genitals. You may also experience smelly or odd colored discharge.
Confidential STI Testing
It is important to note that although these are the most common signs and symptoms of an STI, your symptoms may manifest in a different way, or you may not experience any symptoms at all. This is why we encourage you to get tested regularly! Stop in to Urgent Care New Britain today to get a confidential STI testing.
At AFC Urgent Care New Britain we are open every day of the week for your convenience 8am-8pm Mondays through Fridays and 8am-5pm Saturdays and Sundays. We are located at 135 East Mains Street. Contact us today!