Worried about a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or sexually transmitted infection (STI) ?
If you suspect you have an STD/STI, don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor about it!
STDs are a serious health issue, and can have long term impact on your health.
What are STDs?
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are conditions that are contracted through sexual contact. If left untreated, many STDs can result in pelvic inflammatory disease, and infertility in women.
What are the symptoms of STDs?
Many women are actually asymptomatic, meaning they experience no symptoms at all.
That doesn’t mean that they aren’t harmful – regular checkups are necessary to ensure you are clear of these conditions.
- Vaginal discharge
- Vaginal itch
- Vaginal pain + swelling
- Pain during sex
- Bleeding after sex
- Abnormal periods (heavy periods, irregular periods)
- Growths, lumps, bumps or ulcers in the genital region
- Pain on passing urine
- Pain in the lower abdomen
What are the causes of STDs?
This is the commonest STD in both men and women.
Like chlamydia, gonorrhoea can also be found in the vaginal, oral and anal regions.
This condition is caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV).
Herpes results in recurrent episodes of painful ulcers or blisters in the oral or genital area.
4. Genital warts
Infection with the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) can cause warts.
Syphilis is contracted by contact with a syphilis sore during vaginal, anal, or oral sex.
Infection with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) occurs due to contact with infected blood or genital secretions.
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This common STD is caused by infection with a parasite known as Trichomonas vaginalis.
70% of infected people are asymptomatic.
Remember, most STDs/ STIs don’t have symptoms. Regular screening is the only way to ensure your best sexual health.
So don’t put your fertility at risk!
If you’ve had unprotected sexual contact or multiple sexual partners, you may have been exposed to any of the above infections. Get tested early!
Need a Female Doctor?
Having Women’s Health concerns? Please visit us or contact us at our GP Plus Clinics in Singapore. We are open on weekends too. For more information, please visit DTAP Clinic website, www.dtapclinic.com or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org