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Treatment of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)

By markhongmd on November 13, 2013

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) - Treatment OptionsWhen you meet with a urologist, you can receive expert healthcare and health advice for many different needs. When it comes to the health needs of adult men, this may include the treatment of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Our team understands that these kinds of conditions need to be addressed with sensitivity and professionalism.

Should you notice any problems related to painful urination or abnormal growths, it's important that you meet with a doctor or a urologist as soon as possible. Right now, we'd like to take a few brief moments to go over the basics of treatment for STDs.

Types of STDs

Below is a list of some common STDs that men can contract. Please keep in mind that the list is not comprehensive.

  • Chancroid
  • Chlamydia
  • Crabs
  • Gonorrhea
  • Hepatitis
  • Herpes
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Scabies
  • Syphilis
  • Trichomoniasis
  • Yeast in Men

The above STDs each have their own symptoms of which you need to be aware. We cannot restate this enough, if you experience anything amiss related to urination or other regular activities, be sure to meet with a doctor to find out if you have an STD. Once the STD has been diagnosed, proper treatment can begin. Identifying a problem and addressing it as soon as possible is the best scenario.

STDs and Their Symptoms

Since there are many different kinds of STDs, there is no uniform list of all symptoms. That said, there are some common symptoms that patients should look out for:

  • Painful urination
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Abnormal discharge from the penis
  • Abnormal growths on the penis
  • Swelling of the penis or testicles
  • Itchiness or irritation
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Abdominal pain or discomfort
  • Changes in skin tone or pigment

Treatment Options for STDs

Given the different kinds of STDs and the various symptoms involved, it is important that a urology expert first correctly identify the STD and then determine the ideal option for care. For most STDs, the most common treatment option is medication. The use of antibiotics is especially common for STD treatment.

When it comes to genital herpes and HIV/AIDS, both of these are incurable, and treatments will require proper management of symptoms. For HIV/AIDS, the use of a drug cocktail is common for managing the virus and preventing its progression. As for herpes, antiviral drugs will assist in the management of flare ups, and tips can be provided for preventing the spread of herpes to future sexual partners.

Tips for Prevention of STDs

There are a number of things that you can do to prevent contracting an STD and prevent the spread of an STD. These are as follows:

  • Use condoms and practice safe sex
  • Get tested for HIV/AIDS and other STDs
  • Avoid sexual activity until you are treated for a current STD
  • Wash before and after having intercourse
  • Don't share towels or undergarments
  • Make sure your sexual partner is STD free

By following the tips above, you can lead a safe and responsible sex life and avoid the need for STD treatment.

Learn More About Treatment for STDs

If you would like to learn more about the treatment of STDs and how we can help you, be sure to contact our Phoenix and Scottsdale urology centers today. Our team will be sure to answer all of your questions and address all of your concerns throughout the consultation and treatment process.

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