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STD Specialist

24/7 Doctor

General Medical Practice & Board Certified Family Medicine located in Aurora, CO

Three of the most common sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), chlamydia, syphilis, and gonorrhea, have been on an upward trend for years. In 2018, all three hit an all-time high, with cases of syphilis increasing by 14%. If you’re sexually active and concerned about STDs, the team at 24/7 Doctor in Aurora, Colorado, can help with an online consultation and confidential treatment. To schedule an appointment, call the office or use the online booking feature.

STD Q&A

What are the most common STDs?

The most common STDs include:

  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Syphilis
  • Genital herpes
  • Trichomoniasis
  • Viral hepatitis
  • HIV/AIDS

Though HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease, the virus seldom causes health problems because your immune system successfully clears it from your body.

If HPV takes hold, however, it invades cells and causes serious complications such as cervical cancer, penile cancer, or anal cancer. 

What symptoms develop if I have an STD?

You may not develop symptoms for weeks or months after becoming infected with an STD. In some cases, STD symptoms mimic other health problems, or they’re so minor and painless they go unnoticed. 

As a group, STDs cause symptoms such as:

  • Sores or bumps on your genitals
  • Discharge from your penis or vagina
  • Burning during urination (men and women)
  • Pain during ejaculation
  • Itching, pain, or swelling of your vagina or vulva

Many STDs can cause flu-like symptoms such as a fever, nausea, headaches, and fatigue. 

Why should I consider STD testing?

If you’re sexually active, the team at 24/7 Doctor can talk with you about when you should consider STD testing because the recommendations are based on your age and risk factors.

All sexually active people should consider STD testing to verify or rule out an STD. That way you know you’re healthy or you can take steps to treat the infection and prevent complications. It’s also good to know that you’re not spreading an STD to your partner.

Early detection and treatment are important because untreated STDs can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, heart disease, and arthritis. Women can also pass some STDs to their babies during delivery.

How are STDs treated?

The team at 24/7 Doctor meets with you online via video conferencing, ask detailed questions about your symptoms and sexual history, and determine if you are at risk for an STD. Then they recommend testing or choose a treatment based on the type of STD you have. 

They prescribe antibiotics for bacterial infections such as chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis, sending any prescriptions you need straight to your pharmacy.

Viral STDs like herpes need antiviral drugs. You may need to keep taking these medications to prevent the infection from becoming active.

You can receive an HPV vaccination to prevent future infections, but the injection doesn’t treat an existing infection. It’s best to get the HPV vaccine around the age of 11-12 or before you become sexually active. The vaccine is not given to anyone older than 26 years.

Today’s powerful antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV doesn’t cure the disease, but it can prevent HIV from progressing into full-blown AIDS. You may also consider pre-exposure prophylaxis, which consists of taking medication to fight HIV if you’re exposed.

If you want a vaccine or you need to arrange for STD testing, your provider at 24/7 Doctor makes arrangements with you during your virtual conference.

To get the confidential help you need for STDs, call 24/7 Doctor, or connect online.