Dedicated Women’s Healthcare Specialists offers Puyallup, WA and South Sound area patients access to rapid screening and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs. You will be given the information to prevent the spread of, and care for STDs, as well as education about safe sex practices.
Sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs, are diseases which occur because of infections which are transmitted from one individual to another via sexual contact or intercourse. While many STD have associated symptoms that will bring the patient to see a doctor, they can occur without symptoms or can reveal symptoms months or even years following contraction of the disease. STDs are also called sexually transmitted infections, or STIs. It’s very common for individuals to use the term STD even when there are no symptoms present, or when it would be an STI. Many of the diseases can be effectively treated but some may cause extremely serious complications and can even be fatal if left undiagnosed.
There are many types of STDs. Sadly, they are very common. More than 50% of all individuals in America will contract an STD or STI at least once in their lives. Types of STDs include:
People can protect themselves and each other from acquiring STDs. Employing safe sex technique such as using condoms helps an individual to significantly reduce the likelihood of contracting a sexually transmitted disease. However, this unfortunately does not eliminate the risk entirely. If you develop any symptoms that you think may be related to a STD, you should come in to be examined and undergo appropriate diagnostic testing or screening. If you are in a new relationship with a partner, this is also a good time to be screened for various STDs. Most STDs can be successfully treated and managed once diagnosed. Many conditions require treatment of all sexual partners in order to prevent reinfection. It is very important to follow instructions when treatment is provided. Treatment may require oral medication, injection, topical cream, or a procedure including surgery.