Common STIs, their symptoms and treatment

Most of us don’t really think about STIs unless we are faced with having to have Home StI kits from companies such as bexley sexual health sent to us. If you worry that you have put yourself at risk of contracting an STI or are displaying symptoms you can you at home testing to get the results you need before seeking treatment from your GP. There are a number of sexually transmitted infections that you want to protect yourself against, and as always the advice is to use a condom as this is the only effective way to prevent yourself from contracting some of the below infections.

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Chlamydia

This is one of the most commonly spread STIs and is contracted through unprotected sex and can be spread through oral sex aswell. It can be difficult to identify without testing as only around 25 percent of women and 50 percent of men show any kids of symptoms. These tend to be an odd discharge and pain and discomfort when urinating. The standard treatment for Chlamydia is a course of antibiotics to kill off the bacteria that cause the symptoms and then retesting three months later to check that the treatment has been successful.

Gonorrhea

This is another common STI and is one that is beginning to worry medical professions as an antibiotic resistant strain is circulating, meaning that the standard treatments are no longer an option. THe symptoms are similar to those of Chlamydia, with almost all mean having at least one of more symptoms but women tend not to display any symptoms. Any treatment is with a course of antibiotics if the strain of Gonorrhea is not resistant.

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Syphilis

This is a nasty STI that has a number of stages to the symptoms that appear. Initially a sore will usually appear that could imitate the look of a cut or perhaps an ingrown hair. Following on from this a rash will appear across the body that will then be followed by sores that appear in the mouth, anus and vagina. The stages can last for a number of years and for most people the third stage is the disappearance of any symptoms. Some individuals will move onto the final stage which is where the infection starts to affect the internal organs of the body and it can affect the brain. Antibiotics are used to treat Syphilis and the number, strength and duration for which you will have to take this will depend greatly on which stage of the infection you are at.