It’s not uncommon for sexually active women and men to be concerned about their chances of contracting an STD.
In addition to practicing safe sex and limiting high-risk behaviors, these individuals may also wish to educate themselves about sexually transmitted diseases, including asking, “What are the most common STDs in the US?”
Continue reading as we answer this question and discuss STD symptoms and treatment options.
What Are the Most Common STDs in the US?
Although there are a number of ways that sexually active women and men can protect themselves against STD’s, these infections are still extremely prevalent in the US. In fact, in 2017 alone, over 1.7 million cases of chlamydia were reported, making it the most common STD in the US.
What Are Chlamydia Symptoms?
Chlamydia is an infection caused by bacteria of the same name and can be transmitted by oral, vaginal, or anal sex.
Although individuals are often asymptomatic initially, women and men can begin exhibiting signs of chlamydia within 3 weeks of infection. Symptoms can include constant pain in the abdomen, pain during intercourse, and pain with urination.
Genital discharge, burning, and swelling may also present in male and female patients, and women with chlamydia may experience painful periods and interim spotting.
Is Chlamydia Curable?
Because it is a bacterial infection, chlamydia can be successfully cured with a course of antibiotics. While many physicians prescribe a single dose of 1g azithromycin, a 100-mg dose of doxycycline is another common treatment option.
Nevertheless, it’s possible for chlamydia to return. This is especially true in the event that patients don’t complete their full course of antibiotics or if they continue to engage in high-risk behaviors.
If you believe that you may have an STD and would like further information about testing and treatment, please call our office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bruce Rashbaum.