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Are STDs Contagious?

March 14, 2024

Are STDs Contagious?

Yes, sexually transmitted diseases and infections are contagious. They are typically spread through sexual contact, either through bodily fluid or skin-to-skin contact.

If you think you may have an STD, it’s critical to get tested and treated quickly to prevent developing any complications. Many STDs, such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trichomoniasis, are curable with medication.

Call Woman’s New Life Clinic to learn about our STI/STD testing and treatment services and schedule an appointment.

How Do I Know If I Have an STD?

While they are easily spread, they are not as easily detected. 

Sometimes, you could have and spread an STD without realizing it. This is because many STDs do not show any signs or symptoms.

However, some STDs do show signs and symptoms.

Women should seek gynecologic care if they notice a foul-smelling or unusual vaginal discharge, painful or burning urination, unusual vaginal bleeding, sores or bumps on the genitals or in the oral or rectal area, or pain during sex.

Other signs and symptoms could include 

  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Sore, swollen lymph nodes, typically in the groin area but sometimes more widespread
  • Fever
  • Rash over the trunk, hands, or feet

Can STDs Spread to My Child During Pregnancy?

STDs are dangerous for both you and your developing child. 

Syphilis, which is on the rise in Louisiana, can cause serious complications for your child, such as death, blindness, deafness, and others. Some STDs, such as genital herpes, chlamydia, and gonorrhea, can spread to your child during birth.  

STDs can also cause other negative pregnancy impacts, such as your water breaking before your body is ready for labor, preterm labor, and low birth weight.

It’s critical to get tested for STDs in general, especially when you are pregnant, to ensure you receive timely treatment to prevent issues for you and your infant.

Schedule Services at Woman’s New Life Clinic

If you’re located near New Orleans or Baton Rouge, schedule an appointment for low-cost STI/STD testing and treatment at Woman’s New Life Clinic.

At the confidential appointment, we will determine the type of testing needed, collect a sample, and send it to a lab. When the results are in, we will call you to share them with you and any next steps needed.

Schedule an appointment by calling us today. Our medical team cares about your health and privacy.