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Other STIs

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), also known as Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), are becoming more prevalent. The unfortunate consequence of unprotected sex can be the development of a STI. Most STIs are spread from partner to partner unknowingly because no symptoms were seen. Many STIs will never show any symptoms. Anyone can get a STI. You can get an STI over and over and you can even have more than one at a time. Condoms are the best protection from STIs, but blood, vaginal secretions and ejaculate can all spread infections. With that said STIs can be seen in/on the penis and surrounding area, in the vagina and surrounding area, rectal area, mouth and throat. It is very important to know your sexual partners. As your number of sexual partners increases, so does your risk for becoming infected. Remember, protecting yourself from STIs is much easier than being treated for one.

Other STIs

  1. Trichomoniasis “Trich” –
    - Transmitted through vaginal, anal and oral sex
    - Can be transferred during childbirth
    - Symptoms: Vaginal/penile discharge that is “bubbly”, yellow, foul smelling, vaginal/penile itching and/or burning
    - Testing is done by getting a sample of the discharge and looking at it under the microscope for protozoa
    - Treatment is done with medications
     
  2. Pubic Lice and Scabies “Bugs” –
    - Transmitted through physical contact with someone who has them or from
    infected clothes, bedding or towels
    - Symptoms: pubic itching, visible small eggs attached to hair (lice), red spots on the skin with severe itching (scabies)
    - Testing is done by visibly looking for lice and eggs, and scraping a red spot and looking at it under the microscope
    - Treatment includes various shampoos and creams. Washing clothing, bedding, towels, chemically treating beds, mattresses, sofas, chairs, and pillows
     
  3. Yeast –
    - Transmitted through vaginal, anal and oral sex
    - People naturally have yeast and it can grow and spread because of other health conditions as well
    - Symptoms: White cottage cheese like vaginal discharge, vaginal itching and/or burning, rash on the penis with itching and/or burning
    - Testing is done by getting a discharge sample and looking at it under the microscope for the fungus
    - Treatment is done with antifungal creams or suppositories. Wear cotton underwear

 

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