Know the Symptoms of an STI to Avoid Spreading it to Others

Viruses are common and people develop mild illnesses all the time. Often the cause is just something that was going around the office or the kids’ school and it clears up within a few days. These illnesses typically do not require treatment but when someone has the flu or a bad cold, it’s important to get plenty of fluid and see the doctor if symptom get worse instead of better after a few days. Sometimes, the cause of the illness is a little more serious.

Most people don’t realize that the symptoms of illnesses like the common cold and the flu are exactly the same as some sexually transmitted infections. For example, a fever could be an early sign of herpes and a sore throat could be caused by chlamydia. Knowing that these symptoms could be related to a more serious illness can help a person get treatment faster and may prevent further complications if it is, in fact, an STI. Private doctors and public health clinics diagnose and treat these conditions every day so there’s no need to let embarrassment stop a person from seeking treatment.

In most cases, these minor symptoms actually are just a mild virus that will go away on it’s own within a week. However, anyone who has recently participated in risky behavior should consider that they could have an infection that needs to be treated right away. This www.Blogher.com article has some great advice that could help a man or woman recognize the symptom of an STI so they don’t ignore them and potential spread the infection to someone else.

Most sexually transmitted infections can be treated and cured very quickly in the early stages. However, there are some, such as herpes and HIV that will stay with a person for the rest of their life. Prevention is key when it comes to STIs. Anyone who has more than one partner should be sure they know the signs of an infection because no prevention method is completely full proof. Millions of new cases of STIs are diagnosed every year and many of those are because people spread it to others, unaware they were infected themselves.