Sadly, many sexually active people are not receiving routine screening for sexually transmitted illnesses simply because they do not have identifiable symptoms. The reality, however, is that there are a number of STDs that may or may not present noticeable symptoms. This means that infected individuals could be passing these diseases on to their partners, without ever being aware that they exist. As such, all people who are engaged in sexual activities of any type are advised to receiving a comprehensive STD screening once every six months.
Chlamydia Can Go Unnoticed For Years Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted illness that can be quickly cleared up with an appropriate course of antibiotics. This ailment is rarely difficult to miss given that it causes inflammation and swelling throughout the reproductive system as well as a colorful, foul-smelling discharge. One of the most noticeable symptoms of gonorrhea, however, is painful urination. If gonorrhea remains untreated, simply relieving your bladder can become downright excruciating. As such, there are very few people with this illness who do not immediately make their way to doctor for treatment.
Unlike gonorrhea, chlamydia is a silent threat to a person's reproductive health. This illness can gradually undermine and diminish the integrity and functionality of the entire reproductive system by causing widespread inflammation and significant scar tissue. Unfortunately for the host, however, these symptoms can go largely unnoticed for years. Some people may produce a yellowish or even a greenish-yellow discharge, but others may have not additional signs of illness at all. As a result, there are people who have lived with chlamydia for years and who've passed this illness on to countless, unsuspecting partners as well. This lack of noticeable symptoms is one of the top reasons why screening for STDs should always be done on a routine and diligent basis.
Syphilis Syphilis is often believed to be a disease of the past. This is an ailment that was wide-spread during the settling of the Wild West when gold miners, prostitutes, and outlaws had little choice but to let this aggressive illness gradually eat their bodies, their brains and their sanity away. Now, however, there are a number of effective treatments for syphilis. More importantly, this incredibly dangerous illness is making a comeback. In densely populated areas, hundreds of new cases are diagnosed every day. Like chlamydia, syphilis may not produce noticeable symptoms for quite some time. Apart from a small, painless sore on the genitalia and a low-grade fever, syphilis does not manifest in any life-changing way until the illness has already spiraled out of control.
HIV And AIDs AIDs is well-known for having a very discernible impact on a person's appearance, once it has become full-blown. It is important to note, however, that a person can carry both the HIV and AIDs viruses for many years before any significant outward changes appear. Moreover, with treatment, some people never experience wasting, lesions or other physical changes at all.
The identification of symptoms is hardly an effective way to determine whether or not you have been exposed to STDs. Many of the most common, sexually transmitted illnesses can manifest without presenting any visible symptoms at all. As such, testing should be performed every several months so that treatment and other preventative measures can be rendered as quickly as possible.