The Health Consequences of Undetected STDs
It's common knowledge that sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are severe health issues that can have lifelong consequences. While some STDs can cause noticeable symptoms such as itching, discharge, or genital warts, others can be carried by people without ever presenting visible symptoms, making them harder to detect and more easily spread. This blog will discuss some of the most common STDs that don't typically show symptoms and what you can do to protect yourself.
Chlamydia is one of the most common STDs, and it's also one of the sneakiest. Up to 75% of women and 50% of men with chlamydia do not show any symptoms. If left untreated, chlamydia can lead to serious health problems, such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and infertility. The best way to detect chlamydia is by getting tested regularly, especially if you have multiple sexual partners, and the good news is that chlamydia is easily treatable with antibiotics.
Gonorrhea is another common STD that often doesn't have any noticeable symptoms. Up to 50% of women and 5-10% of men carrying gonorrhea may be asymptomatic. If left untreated, gonorrhea can lead to serious health issues such as PID, infertility, and ectopic pregnancy. Just like with chlamydia, the best way to detect gonorrhea is by getting tested regularly, and it's easily curable with antibiotics.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a common STD that can cause genital warts and cervical cancer, but many people with HPV have no visible symptoms. Although there isn't a cure for HPV, there is a vaccination that can prevent certain strains of the virus responsible for many cervical cancer cases. It's recommended that both boys and girls receive the HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12 before becoming sexually active.
Herpes is a viral STD that can cause painful blisters on the genitals, but many people infected with herpes may not have any visible symptoms. It's estimated that up to 80% of herpes carriers may not have any symptoms. While herpes is not curable, antiviral medications can help to manage symptoms and reduce the risk of transmission.
Syphilis is a bacterial STD that can cause serious health problems if left untreated, including blindness, deafness, and even death. Like the other STDs we've mentioned, syphilis can be carried by people without noticeable symptoms. If left untreated, syphilis can cause serious health problems, so getting tested regularly is essential, especially if you have multiple sexual partners.
Regular Testing is Key to Detection
While these are just a few STDs that often don't present symptoms, many others can be just as sneaky. If you develop symptoms, it's essential to seek medical attention immediately, as many STDs can cause serious health problems if left untreated.
Contact our STD Lawyers Today for Help
If you've contracted an STD from a sexual partner who didn't disclose their status, you may have reason to pursue an STD lawsuit. We know that learning you have an STD can be a shocking experience. That's why seeking compensation through an STD lawsuit can help ease the burden of medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
We understand that your privacy is important to you, and confronting a sexual partner who gave you an STD can be daunting. Our compassionate lawyers appreciate your concerns and are here to protect your rights while supporting you during a challenging time.
Call KMD Law at (833) 456-3529 to schedule a consultation.