STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) are at record rates nationally in 2016 according to the CDC, so it is really important to protect yourself and test yourself.
More than a quarter-million Californians were infected with either syphilis, chlamydia or gonorrhea last year, which constitutes a 40% jump compared with five years ago, according to state officials. Yikes!
Syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea are the most prevalent STDs in women. Here is the symptom breakdown
Women — In women, symptoms of gonorrhea can include:
● Vaginal itching or abnormal vaginal discharge
● Vaginal bleeding or spotting
● Pain or burning during urination
● Rectal discharge or constipation
● Pain with bowel movements
● Some people are asymptomatic – no symptoms!
Symptoms of Chlamydia
● The vast majority of women (estimated ~90%) have no symptoms at all
● Vaginal discharge
● Abnormal vaginal bleeding
● Abdominal pain
● Pain during sex
● Burning or pain with urination
Symptoms of Syphilis
- Syphilis is an infection caused by a small organism called a spirochete, which can cause an ulcer on a person’s genitals or anus
- Sometimes patients do not notice the ulcer because it does not usually cause pain or may be on the inside of the vagina or anus.
These common STDs have something in common – many can be infected without any symptoms! Regular testing is key to keeping and maintaining your health so make sure to do so regularly. All three diseases are treatable and early detection will be the best prevention against complications.