Sexually transmitted diseases (STD), also known as a sexually transmitted infections (STIs), are very common, especially among young adults. There are different types of STDs, and each has the potential to appear without symptoms. If you engage in any form of sexual activity, you are at risk of an infection. Educating yourself on the list of STDs, and the unique symptoms and treatments, should engender a greater appreciation for self-protection.
If you’re concerned that you may have an STD, stop by your local FastMed Urgent Care for a safe and convenient evaluation.
STDs Listed by Types of Infection
Bacterial STDs are the result of transferred bacteria from one partner to another during sexual activity. Untreated bacterial STDs have the potential to lead to more serious medical issues, such as pelvic inflammatory disease. The following STDs are categorized as bacterial infections:
Viral STDs are caused by the transfer of a virus to another person during sexual activity. Viral STDs have the ability to simultaneously affect multiple parts of the body. Some symptoms of these infections cause no physical manifestation or pain; others can be quite painful, such as blisters, and can lead to serious, long-term medical effects. The following STDs are categorized as viral infections:
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
- Genetial Herpes
- Hepatitis B
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
Parasitic STDs are caused by the transfer of a parasite from one partner to another during sexual activity. A parasite is a microscopic bug that feeds off of a human’s body. The following STDs are categorized as parasitic infections:
- Pubic Lice (Crabs)
It’s extremely important to protect your sexual health. Several methods are available to lower the risk of contracting an STD, but no method is 100% foolproof. Methods of protection against STDs are as follows:
- Male condom
- Female condom
- Dental dam
If anything in the list of STDs concerns you, please visit your local FastMed Urgent Care to discuss any issues with a medical professional. FastMed is open 365 days a year, and no appointment is necessary. For additional information of various health-related questions, check out our Health Resources Center.