Sexual Transmitted Infection Symptoms
What Is an STI?
A sexually transmitted infection (STI), also called sexually transmitted disease (STD) or venereal disease (VD), is any condition passed between individuals engaged in sexual activity. This occurs when a person has unprotected vaginal, oral or anal sex with another individual who has an STI. It is possible to transmit some STIs through non-sexual means such as through needle sharing or breastfeeding.
STIs can present with or without symptoms and can develop into very serious conditions. Depending upon the illness, those who contract an STI could sustain organ damage, infertility, cancer or even death. Getting proper treatment can help prevent these outcomes.
What Are the Possible Symptoms of an STI?
An STI can present with many different symptoms depending on which STI a person has contracted. These symptoms often include:
- Bumps, sores or warts near the genitals or mouth
- Discharge from the vagina or penis
- Irregular vaginal bleeding
- Painful sex
- Skin rashes
- Weight loss
- Night sweats
- Aches and pains
- Fever or chills
- Painful/frequent urination
As mentioned before, STIs do not always manifest symptoms. This does not mean that you still will not need treatment. If you have been with a sexual partner whom you suspect has contracted an STI, get yourself tested just to be sure, and always use protection such as a condom during intercourse.
How Can Our Urgent Care Facility Help?
At California Urgent Care Center, we have more than just the tools to help diagnose and treat your STI. We also have a caring staff that knows the importance of discretion in sensitive matters such as these. You may contact or stop by any of our local medical facilities for the treatment you need.