Sexually transmitted diseases (STD) or sexually transmitted infections (STI) can be passed on from one person to another during sexual contact. They are caused by a variety of organism including bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and parasites. Some of the most common STDs/STIs include syphilis, chlamydia, genital warts, human papilloma virus (HPV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
STDs/STIs can lead to psychological and physical discomfort and severe complications such as infertility, premature births, blindness, and even death.
Many STDs/STIs do not have any symptoms. As a result, many infections are transmitted unknowingly to others and often go unreported.
Some of the common symptoms of STDs/STIs in males and females include:
- Sores, bumps, or blisters near genitals or mouth
- Burning or pain when urinating
- Slight sore throat
- Fever, chills, achy feeling
- Rectal itching, pain
- Discharge from the penis, vagina or rectum.
If you have symptoms of an STD/STI or suspect you may have been exposed, please visit the Woods County Health Department or your physician's office.