Telemedicine & General Family Medicine located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are a serious personal and public health issue. Residents of Fort Lauderdale and throughout Florida can access care through a telemedicine visit with Alexandra Doerschel, FNP-BC, AGACNP-BC, of Telakai Health. When you need caring and compassionate treatment for STD symptoms, call to book a visit or schedule in just moments using the online tool.
What are some common types of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)?
There are many different infections that can be transmitted through sexual contact. It’s important to understand that you can catch an STD through any form of intimate contact, including vaginal, oral, or anal sex, as well as intimate touching.
Some of the more common STDs include:
- Human papillomavirus
- Bacterial vaginosis
These are just some of the infections spread through sexual contact.
How do I know if I have a sexually transmitted disease?
Understanding what to keep an eye out for can help you know when to seek treatment for a sexually transmitted disease. While some STDs show clear signs and symptoms, others present no symptoms, which is why routine STD screening is such an important part of overall health and wellness.
When symptoms are present, they might include:
- Pelvic pain
- Visible sores
- Abnormal discharge
- Pain during urination
- Itching on or near genitals
- Areas of highly sensitive skin on or near genitals
If you notice any of these changes, reach out for a telemedicine assessment. Your provider can determine if you have an STD and prescribe medication to clear or manage the infection. If you need additional screening or treatment, you can discuss next steps during your visit.
What are the best ways to prevent STDs?
Anyone who is sexually active can contract an STD. The only way to fully prevent STDs is by refraining from all forms of sexual contact. The next best thing is to remain in a mutually monogamous relationship in which both partners have been screened for STDs.
Male or female condoms can prevent many types of infections, but it’s important to wear them properly each and every time. Some infections, like genital herpes, can still be spread while wearing a condom.
Getting screened is an important step in preventing the spread of STDs. If you have an infection, you should refrain from sexual interaction until the disease has been cleared, and you should also inform your partners of your status so they can be screened and treated.
If you’re concerned about STD symptoms or would like more information about prevention and risk levels, call Telakai Health to schedule a telemedicine visit. Online booking is also an option.