STDs

Understand Your Risk.

If you are sexually active, you are at risk for Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), also known as Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). Getting tested is a great way to protect your sexual health. Testing at Adagio Health is simple, quick, and judgement-free. We offer these services for both men and women. You may even qualify for free testing.

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What is an STI?

STI stands for Sexually Transmitted Infection. It is a disease or infection that can be spread from one person to person through sexual activity. Sexual Activity can include intercourse (vaginal sex), anal sex, oral sex, and skin to skin contact.


How do you know if you have an STI?

The most common symptom of an STI is NO symptom at all. Most people that have an STI do not know it. Don’t wait for symptoms to appear. If you are sexually active getting tested by a health care provider regularly is the best way to find out if you have an STI.


Surprising Numbers

  • More than half of all Americans will have an STI in their lifetime.
  • Less than half of adults age 18-44 have ever been tested for an STI other than HIV.
  • Each year, one in every four sexually active teens contracts an STI.
  • It is estimated that over 65 million people in the USA are living with an STI.

How can you prevent STDs?

  • Keep a monogamous relationship. That means you and your partner agree to only be sexually active with each other.
  • Use latex condoms the correct way every time for every type of sexual activity.
  • Talk with your partner or partners consistently about STDs and other sexual health topics.
  • Before starting a sexual relationship with a new partner, you both should get tested for STDs.
  • Have a check-up at least once a year with a health care provider if you are sexually active.

If you are sexually active, you are at risk for Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), also known as Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). Getting tested is a great way to protect your sexual health. Testing at Adagio Health is simple, quick, and judgement-free. We offer these services for both men and women. You may even qualify for free testing.

Interested in getting more information?

Call us today to schedule an appointment

Common STDs

HERPES

Symptoms

  • When there is an outbreak you might notice painful blisters or sores at the sight of sexual contact (genitals, anus, mouth) and flu-like symptoms.
  • There are no symptoms between outbreaks, but just because the sores go away does not mean the infection is gone. Outbreaks can happen several times a year.

Treatment

  • There is no cure but there are treatments that can prevent the sores or make them go away faster.

SYPHILIS

Symptoms

  • An early symptom of syphilis is a single painless sore (called a chancre) on the penis, vagina, tongue or throat. This can last for several weeks and then will heal without treatment (however that does not mean the syphilis is cured).
  • You may get a fever, sore throat, head aches or muscle aches after the sore heals.
  • Another symptom that may appear is a rash on the hands or bottom of the feet. The rash will heal without treatment but that does not be the syphilis is cured.
  • If left untreated, syphilis can cause serious, long-term damage to the body.

Treatment

  • Syphilis can be cured with an antibiotic. If you have had it for longer than a year you may require additional doses of antibiotics.

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TRICH

Symptoms

  • Women are more likely than men to see symptoms. It can cause a heavy, greenish-yellowish discharge with a strong smell from the vagina. It can also cause pain or discomfort while urinating and itching around the genitals.
  • If men do have symptoms it would be a discharge from the penis and a burning feeling inside the penis.

Treatment

  • Trichomoniasis can be treated and cured with antibiotics.

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HPV

Symptoms

  • Most people with HPV (Human papillomavirus) do not have any symptoms or health problems.
  • HPV can cause warts in or around the penis, vagina or rectum. In women they can also occur inside the body on the cervix or vagina.
  • These warts do not usually hurt and may be too small to see.
  • Some forms of HPV can cause cancer of the cervix, anus, and throat.

Treatment

  • There is no treatment for the virus itself, but a healthy immune system can usually fight off HPV naturally. Visible genital warts can be removed by a health care provider.
  • The Gardasil vaccine is available and can help prevent you from contracting several strains of HPV including the strains that cause warts and most cancers.

PUBLIC LICE (CRABS)

Symptoms

  • Itching in or around the genitals or anus.
  • Mild fever, lethargy, and/or irritability.
  • The appearance of lice or nits (small egg sacks) in pubic hair.

Treatment

  • Yes, public lice can be treated and cured. You should see a healthcare provider to accurately diagnose the problem
  • Over-the-counter medication such as  A-200, RID, and Nix are effective. Follow the directions on the package insert of the medication. You may need to apply the medicine from head-to-toe more than once.
  • You may need a stronger, prescription medication.
  • All clothing, bedding, towels, and other linens that could have been exposed to the pubic lice must be washed and/or dry cleaned.
  • Your home should be vacuumed.

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GONORRHEA

Symptoms

  • This is the most common STD among teens and young adults and often has no symptoms so the person that has it is likely to pass it to others without knowing it.
  • For women, if there are symptoms, they include pain or a burning feeling while urinating, pain, bleeding or a white, green or yellow discharge from the vagina (from vaginal sex) or rectum (from anal sex), sore throat (from oral sex).
  • For men, there may be a thick yellow discharge from the penis and burning or itching around the opening of the penis while urinating. There can also be pain, bleeding or discharge from the rectum (from receptive anal sex) or a sore throat (from oral sex).
  • If left untreated, Gonorrhea can cause infertility.

Treatment

  • Testing can usually be done using a urine sample.
  • Gonorrhea can be treated and cured with antibiotics. Both you and your partner need to be treated.

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Symptoms

  • Most women do not have any symptoms so it is recommended that they get tested at least once a year if they are sexually active.
  • For women, if there are symptoms, they include pain or a burning feeling while urinating, pain, bleeding or unusual discharge from the vagina (from vaginal sex) or rectum (from anal sex), sore throat (from oral sex).
  • For men, there may be a discharge from the penis and burning or itching around the opening of the penis while urinating. There can also be pain, bleeding or discharge from the rectum (from receptive anal sex) or a sore throat (from oral sex).
  • If left untreated, Chlamydia can cause infertility.

Treatment

  • Testing can usually be done using a urine sample.
  • Chlamydia can be treated and cured with antibiotics. Both you and your partner need to be treated.

CHLAMYDIA

Symptoms

  • Most women do not have any symptoms so it is recommended that they get tested at least once a year if they are sexually active.
  • For women, if there are symptoms, they include pain or a burning feeling while urinating, pain, bleeding or unusual discharge from the vagina (from vaginal sex) or rectum (from anal sex), sore throat (from oral sex).
  • For men, there may be a discharge from the penis and burning or itching around the opening of the penis while urinating. There can also be pain, bleeding or discharge from the rectum (from receptive anal sex) or a sore throat (from oral sex).
  • If left untreated, Chlamydia can cause infertility.

Treatment

  • Testing can usually be done using a urine sample.
  • Chlamydia can be treated and cured with antibiotics. Both you and your partner need to be treated.

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