Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and urinary tract infections (UTIs) can change the course of a normal day and require prompt attention. For residents of Farmers Branch and McKinney, Texas, and the surrounding regions, Venkata Vallury, MD, Visalakshi Vallury, MD, and the team at Redwood Family Health Center are an excellent resource for STD/UTI screenings and treatment. Don’t live with signs and symptoms when relief is available. Call the nearest office or book an appointment online today.
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) don’t always make big news, but these infections remain a serious health issue among Americans in adolescents and adults of all ages. Understanding which diseases are common and how to prevent them can help you avoid an uncomfortable and potentially dangerous STD.
Some of the sexually transmitted diseases or infections you might encounter include:
These are just some of the more common sexually transmitted diseases. It’s important to listen to the messages your body is sending and seek treatment right away for unusual rashes, itching, or discharge. STD screening should be part of your routine healthcare if you’re sexually active.
The only way to fully protect against sexually transmitted diseases is by refraining from any form of sexual contact. The next best thing is to remain in a mutually monogamous relationship where both partners have been tested for STDs.
Using male or female condoms can help protect against an STD. It’s important to note, however, that some diseases like genital herpes can spread through simple skin-to-skin contact, even in areas not covered by condoms.
Limiting the number of sexual partners can dramatically reduce your risk of contracting STDs. If you’re sexually active and have multiple partners, STD screening is important because it allows you to take control of your health and protect others from disease transmission.
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are very common, with women suffering UTIs at far greater rates than men. These infections occur when bacteria normally found in the anus are transferred to the urethra. The infection can spread to your bladder, ureters, and even your kidneys.
Some of the symptoms of a urinary tract infection include:
If you notice these changes, you should schedule a diagnostic exam right away. Most urinary tract infections are easily treated with a course of antibiotics, and your doctor can also advise you on ways to reduce recurring infections.
If you’d like to book a screening for an STD or UTI, call the nearest office or request an appointment online today.