If you are sexually active, it is vital to protect your health from infections and disease. Sexually transmitted infections and disease are serious contagious health conditions that require immediate treatment from a doctor. According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are over 20 known types that can affect sexually active adults. Treatment is available through Dr. Daniel Benhuri for individuals in the Beverly Hills area in California.
STD vs STI
A sexually transmitted infection occurs when the body is attacked by bacteria, viruses or parasite from another person with the infection or disease. There may be no symptoms present. A sexually transmitted disease differs by showing signs and symptoms. The transmitted disease may start as an infection, but not all infections result in disease.
If an STD starts out as an infection, you may experience pain during urination or sexual activity. Sores, bumps or rashes may appear around the mouth or genital areas. Other symptoms can include swollen testicles, vaginal itching and unexpected bleeding. Depending on the STD, you may also experience fever, fatigue, memory loss, nausea, weight loss and vision or hearing changes. Pregnant women with a sexually transmitted infection or disease may experience life-threatening health complications with the baby.
If you experience symptoms, your primary care doctor may order lab tests to make a diagnosis and determine the cause. For individuals without symptoms, STD and STI screening is recommended for all individuals between 13 and 64 years old. Treatment may depend on the infection. Common treatments include antibiotics and antiviral medications, depending on the diagnosis. Using protection during sexual activity can help prevent contraction and transmission of infection and disease.
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Sexually transmitted infections and disease can be life-threatening if left untreated. If you are experiencing symptoms or are sexually active, Dr. Daniel Benhuri can recommend screenings and treatment plans that are best for you. New patients are currently being accepted through the Beverly Hills clinic. Virtual and in-person consultations are available, as well as evening and weekend hours for urgent care medical needs. Schedule an appointment to be proactive with your sexual health today.