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Common STDs and How to Prevent Them

Aug 02, 2022

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Common STDs and How to Prevent Them

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) occur more often than people realize. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that roughly one in five Americans has an STD. 

The good news is that we have treatments for the vast majority of common STDs. The bad news is that many people are walking around with — and potentially transmitting — these diseases without knowing they have one. 

To help, Ralph Ryback, MDWendy Christensen, APRN, and our team at Dynamic Health & Wellness Center want to do three things. First, we strive to increase awareness about the symptoms (or lack thereof) of the most common STDs. Secondly, we offer recommendations to help prevent their spread. Finally, to ensure our patients are informed about their STD status, we offer convenient testing at our office in Tampa, Florida. 

Let’s look at four of the most common STDs and what you can do about them.

1. Chlamydia

Chlamydia is one of the most common infections you can get from a sexual partner. This is particularly true because it often doesn’t cause symptoms. Many people only find out they have chlamydia after getting tested. 

To keep yourself safe, always use a latex condom and get tested regularly. Specifically, you should get tested after each new sexual partner. 

2. Gonorrhea

Gonorrhea is another infection that can cause painful urination, problems with your eyes and throat, and more. 

Again, a latex condom can go a long way to protect you if your partner has gonorrhea. It’s also recommended to talk with any sexual partner about how regularly they get tested and any symptoms they’re experiencing. If they have a burning sensation when they pee, have them take a test and wait for the results before you have intercourse. 

3. Human papillomavirus (HPV)

HPV can cause everything from unwelcome problems like warts to serious issues like cancer. Fortunately, you can get a vaccine to defend against it. Talk to our team about Gardasil 9®, a vaccine that protects you against the nine most common types of HPV. 

4. HIV/AIDS

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), a potentially life-threatening condition. Consistent condom use, conversations with your sexual partners, and having fewer partners can all help to protect you from HIV. 

Some people also benefit from putting additional protective measures in place, like pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), or post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP). At our practice, you can talk with our team to help you take the right steps to protect your health. 

These are just a few of the STDs that can affect you — and potentially impact your life. To get tested or consult with us about a prevention plan, call our office or request your appointment online today. 

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