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STIs: What to Do with Sexually Transmitted Infections

psychologist, sexologist
  • Published:
    17 February 2023
  • Updated:
    13 December 2023
What to Do with STIs

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) represent a serious medical concern that can impact health and quality of life. These infections can be caused by various microorganisms and viruses, and their spread can be prevented through accurate information, prevention, and treatment. In this article, we will discuss the symptoms of STIs and what to do if they appear.

STI Symptoms

STIs have symptoms that cannot go unnoticed.

  • Urinary discomfort or difficulty in urination.
  • Pain during urination.
  • Blisters, sores, growths, rashes on the pubis, genitals, or anal area.
  • Redness and spots of unknown origin in the groin area.
  • Various atypical discharge from the genitals.
  • The appearance of an atypical, strange, or unpleasant odor from the genitals.

Sexually transmitted infections do not cure themselves. If you don't have any apparent symptoms after a while, it may not be a cure but rather a latent or chronic form of the disease. You can only do it with a doctor and medication.

Sexually Transmitted Infections: The Danger

The main danger of STIs is their latent course. Some diseases manifest themselves only after six months, others after several years, and are detected during routine checkups and tests. The earlier they are detected, the more likely they will be cured soon without consequences for the body.

Treatment of STIs

  • Do not self-medicate! The easiest thing to do is to look on the internet, read forums, and buy some ointment. Such actions have consequences: the disease turns into a more severe form or becomes chronic.
  • The only proper solution, in the case of any symptoms of STI, is to see a doctor - a urologist or a dermatovenerologist.
  • Take all the tests prescribed by the doctor and follow his recommendations.
  • For the duration of treatment, refrain from sexual intercourse. It is essential not only for your health but also for your partner's health. Condoms, in this case, do not guarantee protection against transmission of the virus or infection. Biological fluids are excreted even before a condom is put on.

Inform your current or past partner about the disease. You can read about how to gently and correctly discuss this in the article "How to Talk About STDs?"

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