Are STD's Contagious

You can contract a sexually transmitted disease through the exposure of blood, semen, vaginal, and other bodily fluids without even knowing it.

If you have an STD, you may feel and look perfectly healthy, but this doesn’t mean you aren’t contagious.

Often, embarrassment and lack of symptoms cause a delay in seeking treatment.

However, if you suspect you have contracted an STD or have been sexually active, you should seek medical care for the sake of your health and the health of others.

Continue reading to gain a better understanding of the signs of STDs and what steps you can take if you believe you have been exposed.

Symptoms of STDs

Symptoms of STDs can vary from severe to no symptoms at all.

According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms can include:

  • Unusual or foul-smelling discharge from genitals
  • Sores or bumps on the genitals, oral area, or rectal area
  • Pain or burning with urination
  • Unusual vaginal bleeding
  • Pain with sex
  • Sore or swollen lymph nodes in the groin
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Rash on trunk, hands, or feet
  • Fever

Early diagnosis and medical intervention are essential. If left untreated, STDs can lead to additional complications like heart disease, infertility, pelvic inflammatory disease, and even cancer.

While every STD can’t be cured, it is important to seek medical care if you think you have been exposed. You may be able to receive supportive care to avoid complications and stop the spread.

STDs and Pregnancy

If you are pregnant, it is vital to receive STD testing early in pregnancy for the sake of both your short-term and long-term health.

Gonorrhea, chlamydia, HIV, and syphilis can spread from you to your pregnancy, and delaying treatment of an STD can be detrimental, leading to additional health complications.

Get Help Today

If you have STD symptoms, think you may have been exposed, or are pregnant, we are here for you.

New Life Clinic offers free STD testing to anyone.

New Life Clinic offers free testing and treatment and can help you learn how to protect others best if you receive positive results.

For the sake of your health, contact us today for your confidential appointment.