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STI Basics

STIs are transmitted primarily through sexual contact, though some can be transmitted through skin-to-skin contact. Common transmission methods include condomless sex of any kind, saliva (bacterial and HPV, Herpes), blood, vaginal/rectal fluids, semen and sharing syringes.

Will I Automatically Get an STD If I Sleep with Someone Who Has a STD?

No, some sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), also commonly referred to as sexually transmitted infections (STIs), are not transmitted consistently every time an infected person has sex with someone who is not infected. Factors Impacting STI Transmission Several factors impact the likelihood of contracting an STI, including: The type of infection…

Do STD Symptoms Always Show?

Not all sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), often referred to as sexually transmitted infections (STIs), show symptoms in every infected person. It’s possible to have an STI with no symptoms, so many people don’t realize they’ve been infected. Among those who do experience symptoms, the most common include itching or burning…

How Long Does It Take for Common STD Symptoms to Appear?

Certain symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), now commonly referred to as sexually transmitted infections (STIs), show up sooner than others while some people experience no symptoms at all. The incubation period of STIs, which is the period of time between when you are exposed to an infection and the…

Which STDs Can Be Spread By Skin Contact?

Human papillomavirus (HPV), herpes, and syphilis are spread through skin-to-skin contact. There are methods you can use to reduce the risk of transmission, but these sexually transmitted infections are more difficult to prevent than those spread through blood or bodily fluids. HPV HPV is the most common STI. It doesn’t…

Can STDs Become Eye Diseases?

Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are bacterial STIs that can spread to the eyes and cause problems like conjunctivitis or blindness. Conjunctivitis From Chlamydia and Gonorrhea Better known as pinkeye, conjunctivitis is typically caused by bacteria associated with colds, sore throats, or infections of the ears or sinuses. However, the bacteria…

What Are the Common Symptoms of an STD?

Common symptoms of sexually transmitted infections include sores, rashes, discharge from the vagina or penis, and a burning sensation while urinating. Symptoms vary depending on which STI you have, and many infections do not cause any symptoms at all. Chlamydia Unusual vaginal discharge. Burning while urinating. Bleeding between periods. Back…

What Are the Most Common STDs?

STDs or STIs (two acronyms that mean the same thing) can be transmitted via oral, anal, and vaginal sex. Some of the most common STDs include: Chlamydia: This is one of the most common STIs with 1.7 million new cases reported per year in the US. Chlamydia is…

What’s the Difference Between Amoxicillin and Augmentin?

Both Augmentin and amoxicillin work well for the treatment of a variety of bacterial infections, but they do have some differences. Amoxicillin Amoxicillin is classified as a penicillin-like antibiotic and can kill a broad range of bacteria. It is often used to treat both adults and children for these infections:…

Can a Treated STD Come Back?

An STD can come back if it is not adequately treated or if you continue to practice unsafe sex that can put you at risk for contracting the STD again. Your STD may come back for several reasons: You are taking the wrong medication. Your STD treatment may fail, causing a…

How Long Does It Take for STD Symptoms to Appear?

Once an STD is acquired, symptoms will start to appear after the incubation period. Different STDs have different incubation periods. Here is a quick overview as to when symptoms may start to appear: Gonorrhea has a short incubation period. Most people will see symptoms within 1-14 days. Trichomoniasis usually presents within 5-7…

What’s the difference between parasitic, bacterial and viral STIs?

There are 3 main categories of STIs: parasitic, bacterial, and viral. Parasitic: Two well-known parasites are public lice (crabs) and scabies. Though these are uncomfortable and still require a prescription medication to treat, there are little to no long term health effects from having these.

What is the difference between a STD and STI?

People often use these terms interchangeably, but we prefer to say “sexually transmitted infections” rather than “sexually transmitted diseases.” At Nurx any of the STIs we test for involve only minimal or mild symptoms that can be easily overlooked. Many people in the medical community have…

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