Question: Sometimes you can have an STD with no signs or symptoms. Do you agree or disagree? Did you noticed symptoms but they went away? What should you do?
Answer from Diana :
You can have STD without symptoms. Chlamydia and gonorrhea in females often have no symptoms. In men, gonorrhea tends to be very painful with a greenish discharge. Trichomonas in women tends to have a watery yellowish discharge with an unpleasant odor.
If you think you have been exposed to an STD, don’t ignore it because you have no symptoms, go to your gyn and request testing. Untreated STD can cause a lot of problems including scarring of the fallopian tubes that can cause infertility later on. There is also the concern of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, which is when the infection travels into the abdomen and it is very painful and can be very serious.
If for some reason you cannot see a physician in a clinic, call your local health department, they often offer free or low cost testing and treatment for STD.
You can have an STD for a very long time, so sometimes a new diagnosis does not mean your current partner gave it to you. If you are a woman, it is a good idea to ask for STD testing with your annual exams or prior to entering a sexual relationship with a new partner, it will help you have peace of mind and if you are diagnosed later, you will have some idea when you may have been exposed. It is a responsible thing to do.
(Of course, I have to say, using condoms may not 100% prevent exposure to STD, but it dang sure beats using nothing!)
Answer from Austin
Some STDs donnot have symptoms when the patient is in the latent period. If you have some STD symptoms,you can find it quickly. If not,you need to test it in the hospital.
But the best time to test the STD is different according to different STDs.
The best time for STD testing
1, Already have some STD symptoms
If you already have some symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases, the sooner the better. Early detection, early treatment. The probability of complete treatment is also higher. If you wait until the middle or late stage, then the treatment will be more difficult!
2, I do not have STD symptoms, but I suspect that I have sexually transmitted diseases
If you have high-risk sexual behavior, you suspect you have a sexually transmitted disease,the best time to make STD testing is about 15 days.This is because sexually transmitted diseases are a group of diseases in which sexual contact is the main mode of transmission. The incubation period of these diseases is not the same. Syphilis: 2 to 3 weeks; Chlamydia: 1–3 weeks;gonorrhea: 2 to 10 days; non-leaching urethritis: 1 to 3 weeks; genital herpes: 2 to 20 days, average 6 days; venereal lymphogranuloma: 6 to 21 days, average 7 ~10 days; AIDS: 3 weeks — 3 months.
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