When you think about having an STD, what do you think of? Bumpy skin? Red spots? Itchiness? It’s true, these types of symptoms do exist. However, not all STDs are visible to the naked eye. You may be infected with a sexually transmitted disease and not even realize you have it. Here are some of the most common “invisible” diseases that are transmitted through sexual contact.
This is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States, and it can be treated with antibiotics. Symptoms of chlamydia may not show up until weeks after exposure— or not at all. WebMD says that 75% of women and 50% of men do not show symptoms, which means it can easily be passed from partner to partner without either person realizing it. Chlamydia can cause health problems if left untreated, so get checked regularly.
This sexually transmitted infection is spread during intercourse and usually affects the urinary tract in men, who often don’t show any symptoms. Women may also contract trichomoniasis may experience irritations and inflammation.
Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV)
Most people infected with HSV go through life never knowing they have it, since there are often no symptoms. It’s contracted through small breaks in the skin. If symptoms do occur, there is often only one episode.
Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
While HPV will cause genital warts on some people, others may never know they have it. A vaccination is available to fight some strains in women, but there is no vaccine for men. HPV can only be treated, not cured.
Many other sexually transmitted diseases don’t always show symptoms, and they don’t always affect people in the same ways. That’s why it’s so important to get tested regularly if you’re sexually active. Find an ARCpoint Labs location near you to get tested so you may receive the proper treatment if necessary.