You can be infected with an STD for years without knowing it. STDs can affect your health even if you do not have any obvious symptoms. Asymptomatic STDs can raise your chances of infertility if left untreated. Some STDs, including HIV, can lay dormant for years. If you have been sexually active and have multiple partners, you may consider visiting a Kingwood STD testing specialist for a blood test.
What STDs can you get without knowing it?
The notion that sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are these mysterious, life-threatening illnesses is both stigmatizing and untrue. In essence, many STDs can be treated with antibiotics, while you can manage others with medications. However, you may not realize that you have an STD since the symptoms are so minor or non-existent.
- Human Immuno- Deficiency Virus
HIV is a virus that targets a person’s overall body health. If HIV is not managed, it may lead to AIDS. There is still no appropriate treatment. HIV-positive persons will be infected for the rest of their lives. However, with the proper medical treatment, you may live a long, healthy life while keeping your relationships safe.
Chlamydia is one of the most major sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) globally. It is often a “silent” infection because most individuals will never have symptoms. Because chlamydia has no symptoms, it is easily shared, and you can unwittingly pass it on to your sexual partner. Even if you do not have any visible signs in the early stages, you should remain cautious. Chlamydia can cause infertility or a dangerous pregnancy if not treated promptly.
Similar to chlamydia, gonorrhea is one of the most viral illnesses, especially among young people aged 15 to 24, and most of them will rarely show symptoms. Chlamydia and gonorrhea are frequently diagnosed together, even though they are two distinct infections. It is possible to contract this virus by having sex with someone infected. Gonorrhea can affect both men and women. Gonorrhea affects the cervix, uterus, vagina, penis, urethra, fallopian tubes, rectum, eyes, and throat, and also joints. It can only be transferred through sexual activity and spread by toilet seats or doorknobs.
- Human papillomavirus
The human papillomavirus (HPV) is an infection spread through sexual contact and one that condoms do not always protect against. You are likely to develop HPV at some point in your life, whether you recognize it or not. HPV might be asymptomatic, and the person may be unaware that they are a carrier. A person can become infected after getting in contact with the virus carrier’s body or by sharing personal hygiene products (if there are micro-injuries on the skin).
How long can an STD go undiagnosed?
Some STDs show symptoms, but most do not, enabling them to go undiscovered for longer durations. For example, HIV symptoms can wait up to ten years to appear, and infections like herpes, chlamydia, and gonorrhea can spread even if no symptoms are present.
Do you have any concerns regarding sexually transmitted infections (STDs)? Contact Supreme All Care Health and Wellness for more information about how you can protect yourself.