STDs/STIs in San Marco, FL
- Sexual activity plays a role in spreading many other infectious agents, although it is possible to be infected without sexual contact. Examples of this include the hepatitis A, B and C viruses, shigella, and giardia intestinalis.
- Being young: Half of STIs occur in people between the ages of 15 and 24.
- Having unprotected sex.
- Having sexual contact with multiple partners.
- Having a history of STIs.
- Having a history of STIs.
- Abusing alcohol or using recreational drugs.
- Anyone forced to have sexual intercourse or sexual activity: Dealing with rape or assault can be difficult, but it’s important to be seen as soon as possible. Screening, treatment and emotional support is available.
- Painless sore, called a chancre, on the genital area, mouth and lip.
- Rash on the hands, feet and other parts of the body
- Fever, swollen lymph glands, sore throat, headaches and fatigue
Late Stage Syphilis
Gonorrhea, also known as the clap, is spread through oral sex, vaginal sex and anal sex. Gonorrhea is spread “fluid to fluid”, meaning an infected person’s secretions need to come in contact with the mucous membranes or blood stream of another. You can contract Gonorrhea without penetration.
The bacterium that causes the sexually transmitted disease Gonorrhea grows in the warm, moist areas of the reproductive tract, including the cervix (opening to the womb), uterus (womb) and fallopian tubes in women, and in the urethra (urine canal) in women and men. The bacterium can also grow in the mouth, throat, eyes and anus. Treatment for Gonorrhea is done with an injection of prescription antibiotics.
If Gonorrhea is left untreated, the disease can spread into the uterus and fallopian tubes, causing pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and chronic pelvic pain. PID can damage the fallopian tubes enough to cause infertility in women. It also can increase the risk of ectopic pregnancies—a life-threatening condition where a fertilized egg grows outside the uterus, usually in a fallopian tube. In men, Gonorrhea can cause a painful condition called epididymitis and, in severe cases, renders a man sterile, preventing him from ever being able to father children.
Though many women do not exhibit any symptoms of Gonorrhea, some women experience:
- Yellowish or yellow-green vanginal discharge
- Bleeding between menstrual cycles
- Abdominal pain
- Painful intercourse
- Painful urination
- The urge to urinate more than usual
Symptoms of Gonorrhea in Men include:
- Burning when urinating
- Discharge from the penis
- Painful or swollen testicals
Pregnant women with Gonorrhea can pass the infection to their children during childbirth. This can cause blindness, joint infection or a life-threatening blood infection in the baby. Treatment for Gonorrhea as soon as it is detected in pregnant women will reduce the risk of these complications.
The best way to avoid contracting Gonorrhea is to exercise abstinence or to engage in a long-term, mutually monogamous relationship with a partner that has tested negative for STDs.
Transmission of Gonorrhea cannot be prevented by washing the genitals, urinating, and/or douching after sex. Any unusual discharge, sore, or rash, particularly in the groin area, should be a signal to stop all sexual activity and visit a doctor immediately.
The symptoms of Gonorrhea should never be taken lightly. If you believe you are experiencing the early signs or symptoms of Gonorrhea, you should seek testing for sexually transmitted diseases at a Health Department nearest you.