The state of South Carolina is consistently among those with high rates of multiple STDs. This is along with Louisiana and Mississippi. These southern states have high rates in particular of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. South Carolina is among the top five in chlamydia and gonorrhea rates.
With chlamydia rates high in your area, you should know that a chlamydia infection can show no symptoms or symptoms can develop weeks after you get the infection. If symptoms do occur, they can include burning at urination or vaginal discharge in women. For men it can include discharge from the penis or pain and swelling of one or both testicles. In women the infection can spread and lead to infertility.
In addition to chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, hepatitis is also an STD of concern. The South Carolina Viral Hepatitis Planning Resources has in place a Viral Hepatitis Prevention Plan. It is provided by the South Carolina Department of Health’s STD/HIV Division in conjunction with the Viral Hepatitis Strategic Planning Committee. Over time chronic hepatitis can cause scarring of the liver, liver failure, and liver cancer.
HIV is another virus that causes an STI as it is sexually transmitted. Over time an HIV infection can cause AIDS. AIDS is a condition where your immune system fails. It can be life threatening. It can mean more infection and cancer. Infection with HIV occurs by the transfer of blood, semen, vaginal fluid, and pre-ejaculate.
Get tested for STDs and if needed get treated. Use a condom to prevent STDs. Know your status and the status of your partner. You will be happy if you do.
In your area you can find reliable information about sexual health plus get tested. You can go to an area medical center or Planned Parenthood. You could also go to a nurse or counsellor at an area middle school or high school. A counsellor or nurse there is trained to help someone like you.
The Planned Parenthood office near your town offers information about services related to the testing and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and includes bacterial vaginosis (BV), chlamydia, genital warts, gonorrhea, herpes, HIV (testing and diagnosis only), syphilis, and trichomoniasis (trich).
They can also provide you with information about safe sex and the use of condoms. The people who work there are kind and understanding and can help you.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) remind you that if you are sexually active, getting tested for STDs is one of the most important things you can do. This is to protect your health. You should be open and honest with your health care providers. You should get treated if needed.
If you have unsafe sex, get tested for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV once a year. If you are pregnant, get tested for hepatitis B as well. Use condoms to prevent STDs.
Remember that an STD comes as a result of having unprotected sex with a person who has a sexually transmitted infection. This can include bacterial vaginosis (BV), chlamydia, crabs, gonorrhea, herpes, HPV, syphilis, and trichomoniasis (trich). It is important you know who you are having sex with. Always use protection against STD infection by using a condom.
STDs continue to be a problem with a recent report from South Carolina showing high rates for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. Let’s remember that STDs do not discriminate. It does not matter how much money you make and what you do for a living. Everyone is at risk.
You should get tested every year for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and other STDs. If you are a woman with long term untreated chlamydia or gonorrhea you can get a pelvic inflammatory disease. This has long term consequences concerning fertility and sexual health.
Chlamydia is an infection you could have and not know it. Untreated, it can cause infertility in women. You might not have a visible symptom. Get tested and if needed get treated.
Gonorrhea can make you very sick. The condition can be extremely painful. Medication can help. Get tested and if needed get treated.
For those who are sexually active, you should know that condoms prevent STDs including chlamydia, gonorrhea, and other STDs such as syphilis and HIV.
HPV is another common STD. It is important for women to get screened regularly for HPV. There is no screening for men. HPV stands for the human papilloma virus. Most HPV infections cause no symptoms. They can be resolved on their own but in some people an HPV infections can persist. It can result in warts or precancerous lesions. These lesions can increase the chance of cancer of the vagina, vulva, cervix, anus, mouth, or throat. Many cases of cervical cancer are due to HPV.
Proper care to prevent an STD is to go to a doctor. Then the doctor must provide the right information and the patient should follow up. The best practice is to always use a condom when you have vaginal, anal, or oral sex to protect you from getting an STD.
STI Testing Resources
There are several STI testing resources available in your area. These include community testing facilities and health centers. It is important to remember that almost everyone is potentially at risk for a sexually transmitted disease, and should be tested on a regular basis.
With a variety of clinics and testing centers to choose from, you should find it relatively easy to take care of your sexual health. One surprising resource is the Post-Gazette Yellow Pages which conveniently lists a few of the STD testing resources available nearby. This includes private labs and local health centers.
Planned Parenthood is one resource that is available to men and women interested in taking care of their sexual health. Not only can you get tested for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Herpes, Syphilis and the other common STDS, you can also get information on how to effectively protect yourself. They also provide resources and information on men and women’s health care.
The rates for HIV/AIDS are increasing in the area and this concerns everyone, regardless of their sexual activity. Thankfully, the Columbia metro area has several neighborhood clinics that can provide you with the information or help you need. One resource open to the public is Midlands Exam and Drug Screening. Here you can get tested for HIV/AIDS, along with the other commonly contracted STDS. Accurate Diagnosis, located in the Columbia metro area, is another testing resource that residents in the community can take advantage of.
Sexually transmitted disease can affect anyone, even if you are in a monogamous relationship. If you are embarrassed or ashamed to be seen waiting in line at Planned Parenthood, there are also urgent care centers that will test for some STDs if requested. At the AFC Urgent Care Clinic located at the Richland Mall in Columbia you can get tested for all STDs, and treatment advice if needed. Since it is an urgent care clinic and not a recognized STI testing facility, you don’t have to worry about anyone knowing the real reason you are there.
You can contact an area hospital or clinic, plus call Planned Parenthood. The options are there for you. You can ask about STDs such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV. You should get tested for STDs. You need the tests and treatments for good health. Always use a condom to prevent STDs. You will be happy that you did.
Better Sexual Health
We have looked at what resources are available in your area so you can learn more about STDs, get tested, and get treatment if needed. You can get information from hospitals, clinics, schools, and planned parenthood services.
These are all resources in your neighborhood that you could use. They can help you with testing, education, and overall good sexual health and well being. Remember to put your health first. Get tested.
You may not feel anything with some STI diseases that infect you as with chlamydia. The symptoms do not occur right after you get infected. You should find out for sure if you have the infection and get it treated. The same goes for your partner.
Remember to put your health first, get tested, and if needed get treated. Use a condom to prevent STDs. Know your partner and their status as well as your own. You will be happy that you did all this.
Here are links to resources mentioned above.