Sexually Transmitted Diseases FAQs

What are the common symptoms of STDs?

Many STDs may have no symptoms at all, or the signs are so mild that you may not notice them. However, if you have any of the symptoms described below, you should call Dr. Hill right away because they may be signs that you have an STD.

  • Discharge or unusual fluid that may be white or yellow that comes out of the vagina or penis (not semen).
  • An unexplained rash
  • A burning sensation when urinating
  • Bumps, sores, blisters, or warts on the genital area - in women this includes the outer and inner lips, vagina and clitoris. In men, this includes the penis and testicles.

What is an STD?

STDs or sexually transmitted diseases are passed through sexual acts. There are different kinds of STDs, with different treatments.

Who can get an STD?

Anyone that is sexually active can get an STD.

How does someone get an STD?

STDs can be passed in many ways. STDs can be passed from person to person by having sex, whether it is vaginal, anal, or oral sex. They can also be passed through contact with the genitals, skin, mouth, rectum or body fluids.

How do I know if I have an STD?

The best way to know if you have an STD is to have regular checkups with Dr. Hill. While some STDs do have symptoms, others don’t have any symptoms at all. If you are experiencing certain symptoms, set up an appointment to get checked. Symptoms of STDs can range from mild irritation to severe pain. If you are concerned that you have an STD, call Dr. Hill and make an appointment today.

Can STDs be treated?

Yes, many STDs do have some sort of treatment, and Dr. Hill can help! STDs that are caused by bacteria or viral infections can be treated with an antibiotic. STDs caused by viruses cannot be cured; only the symptoms can be treated. If you need treatment for an STD, call Dr. Hill today!

Should I worry about a painful bump down there?

Many times, a painful bump around the genital area tends to be an ingrown hair or a pimple. These will usually go away on their own and won’t cause you any harm. However, if the bump doesn’t go away after a few days, call and make an appointment with Dr. Hill. He will examine the bump and determine what it is. While typically these are just ingrown hairs or pimples, they can also be more serious, like a Bartholin’s cyst, herpes, or genital warts.

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