What Every Sexually-Active Adult Should Know About STDs

While sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are, for the most part, less dangerous than they once were, this depends on recognizing symptoms, obtaining a diagnosis, and most importantly, getting treatment. In some cases, the only way to identify the presence of certain STDs is through testing to avoid joining the nearly 2.5 million Americans already reporting infection. 

Dr. Farah Khan and the team at Millennium Park Medical Associates offer STD screening as part of their core services. Take advantage of their knowledge, compassion, and experience to ensure that you and your partner remain safe from accompanying health challenges and complications. 

STD symptoms

Many of the more than 10 common STDs in the United States have symptoms in common. If you’re sexually active and experiencing one or more of these, it’s time to see Dr. Khan about testing:  

However, some STDs display no symptoms. For example, tertiary (late stage) syphilis often has no symptoms, yet it can be fatal. You’re at risk of damage to the brain, heart, nerves, and liver when syphilis remains untreated. Regular testing is crucial, especially if you have multiple partners, because some STDs are silent killers. 

Potential complications

Left untreated, some STDs can lead to infertility, miscarriages, eye inflammation, and heart disease. You may also face an increased risk of cancer regardless of your gender, and since many people go undiagnosed for years, it’s impossible to determine how many of these cancers are the result of STDs. 

Worse still, one of the most dangerous STDs is underdiagnosed. One in seven people infected with HIV don’t know they have it. 

The importance of testing

If you’re sexually active with more than one partner, your risk of contracting an STD is higher, and testing becomes more important. Occasional testing is wise even when you’re in a monogamous relationship, since one partner may unknowingly carry an STD.

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. 

STDs can be treated

Don’t let the stigma surrounding STDs keep you from contacting Millennium Park Medical Associates. It’s important to know that the information you share with Dr. Khan is confidential. Your privacy is protected by law.

Contemporary STD treatments are better than ever. Today, what used to be deadly is often treated simply with a course of antibiotics, and you can get the information you need to prevent future infections from occurring. Whether you suspect you have an STD or not, regular testing can be a lifesaver.

Contact the team at Millennium Park Medical Associates online or by phone to arrange your personal and private consultation. It’s an area of your health, and those around you, where safe now prevents sorry tomorrow. Book your appointment today.

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