Sexually Transmitted Infections
Sexually Transmitted Infections (S.T.I’s) can be varied and have different symptoms. If you have any unusual growths, discharge or other worrying symptom, please inform a doctor or nurse at MRFTT Clinic.
Syphilis has different stages. In the first stage you may notice a small sore on any part of the body, although commonly on the penis, vagina, anus or mouth. This sore may be painless and will disappear after a few weeks without medication.
Although the sore has disappeared syphilis remains in the body and can be transmitted to your sexual partners. Syphilis may stay in your body for years but it will be slowly increasing.
If you have sores/spots to your body, palms of your hands or soles of your feet, be sure to be seen by a doctor. Syphilis at this stage can still be treated. If left untreated, syphilis can cause debilitating illness including paralysis, heart problems, mental illness.
Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection There are many different types of HPV, some types can cause health problems including genital warts and cancers.
HPV is contracted by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has the virus. It is most commonly spread during vaginal or anal sex. HPV can be passed even when an infected person has no signs or symptoms.
Genital warts usually appear as a small bump or group of bumps in the genital area. They can be small or large, raised or flat, or shaped like a cauliflower. A healthcare provider can usually diagnose warts by looking at the genital area.
Oral herpes is usually caused by a virus HSV-1 and can result in cold sores or fever blisters on or around the mouth. However, most people do not have any symptoms. Most people with oral herpes were infected during childhood or young adulthood from non-sexual contact with saliva. Oral herpes caused by HSV-1 can be spread from the mouth to the genitals through oral sex.
Oral herpes will go away without treatment in about 2 weeks, but your doctor can prescribe medication that will make it more manageable.
Genital Herpes is spread by vaginal, anal or oral sex as herpes can be spread from your partner when you come in contact with a herpetic sore, genital fluids and skin to skin contact if your partner has genital herpes.
Not all herpetic sores can be covered by a condom, and herpes can be spread from one person to another even without the sore being visible.
Herpes sores usually appear as one or more blisters on or around the genitals, rectum or mouth. The blisters break and leave painful sores that may take a week or more to heal. These symptoms are sometimes called “having an outbreak.” The first time someone has an outbreak they may also have flu-like symptoms such as fever, body aches, or swollen glands.
People who experience an initial outbreak of herpes can have repeated outbreaks as the infection stays in the body for the rest of your life. There is no cure for herpes. However, there are medicines that can prevent or shorten outbreaks. Do not touch the sores or fluids to avoid spreading herpes to another part of your body such as your eyes. If you do touch the sores or fluids, immediately wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.