STD’s (Sexually Transmitted Disease/Infection)

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Itching
  • Discharge (penile or vaginal)
  • Rash
  • Sores, bumps, blisters or ulcers
  • Irritation
  • Discomfort in genital or pelvic region
  • Burning with urination
  • Warts in the pelvic region
  • Some may not have any symptoms at all

Treatment:

Some STD’s can be treated with prescription medications. Others do not have a cure and are lifelong, however, prescription medications may help to reduce the symptom severity and duration.

When to Visit Student Health Services:

If at any time you feel that you have a STD or known exposure to an STD, schedule an appointment with a provider as soon as possible. Males can see a provider in the Medical Clinic, while females should schedule their appointment in the Women’s Health Clinic. A provider will discuss your symptoms, do an exam, order lab tests, and/or prescribe medications if needed.

For basic screening without symptoms or a known exposure, patients can be seen in the Nursing Clinic where you will talk with a nurse and have lab tests ordered. If you have symptoms, please do not schedule an appointment in the Nursing Clinic, as it may result in you having to return to the clinic for a second visit at a later time. We recommend basic screening at least once per year, and more frequently if needed.

Prevention:

  • Abstinence from ALL sexual activity (Oral, vaginal, anal) is the only 100% way to prevent an STD. STD’s are spread by contact of skin, blood or body fluids. This includes kissing.
  • Condom usage during all sexual encounters for the entire duration of genital contact will reduce the spread of a STD. Condoms are available for men and women as well as dental dams for oral sex.
  • The HPV vaccine helps to reduce the spread of Human Papillomavirus which has been known to cause some types of cancer.
  • Refrain from using drugs and/or alcohol in sexual situations.

 

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