Sexually Transmitted Diseases
How common are STDs?
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (aka STDs) are on the rise according to the CDC, with over 2 million cases of some of the most common STDs diagnosed over the last year and 110 million individuals having had an STD. Our practice believes in creating a safe, judgement-free space to receive evaluation, diagnosis and treatment for your sexual health concerns.
What is the most common STD?
According to the CDC, Human Papilloma Virus (aka HPV) is likely the most common STD. HPV can cause genital warts (aka condyloma) and over time malignant changes can occur causing possible cancers, like cervical cancer, of the involved skin.
How can you get HPV?
HPV is from skin-to-skin contact during close contact typically during sexual activity. The vast majority of people do not have symptoms of the virus and their own immune system fights off the infection. For some individuals HPV causes visible warts on the involved areas.
How can I treat genital warts?
There is no one treatment that is 100% effective at eradicating genital warts, but the goal of treatment is to eliminate visible warts and help boost the immune system so that the virus is cleared by the body.
Usually a combination of liquid nitrogen and a topical cream that helps boost the immune response to the warts is used by Dr. Campbell. Most patients need a series of treatments spaced about 3-6 weeks apart.
How do I know if I have an STD?
Common symptoms can include small bumps or growths on the genitalia or surrounding skin that may or may not be symptomatic or painful. Many STDs are undetectable and safe sex practices are ideal to help prevent transmission of possible STDs.