Written on December 18, 2023 by Jordan Stachel, M.S., RDN, CPT To give you technically accurate, evidence-based information, content published on the Everlywell blog is reviewed by credentialed professionals with expertise in medical and bioscience fields.
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If you are wondering what the signs of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are, you are not alone. Some people wonder, what are the signs of STDs in your mouth? STDs are common conditions that affect many people around the world. Read this article for everything you need to know.
STDs are passed from one person to another through sexual contact, either vaginal, oral, and/or anal. There are several kinds of STDs, and symptoms of each can range from nonexistent to severe. If you are sexually active, especially with many partners, or if you are with a partner who has had many partners, it is important to get regularly tested. This will allow for peace of mind that you and your partners are not at risk of infection or are currently carrying an infection.
Some of the most common STDs include syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia. While each STD carries its own risks, symptoms, and treatment plans, most STDs can be treated, with better outcomes the earlier that they are caught. Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are viruses, bacteria, fungi, or parasites that can turn into an STD. This is why treatment is important, as an STD can develop if an STI goes untreated. Sometimes, these terms are used synonymously.
If you have oral sex, an STI can pass from the genitals to the mouth or vice versa. Many STDs can affect the mouth. Some of these include :
If you are having oral sex, there is a chance that you could be giving or receiving an STI if you are having sex with an infected person or if you are infected. The chances of giving or getting an STD during oral sex can be reduced by using protection. You can use protection methods such as a condom, dental dam, or other barrier methods.
You can take several tests and screening protocols to find out if you or your partner has an STD. These can include blood tests, urine samples, and/or fluid samples (in the case of open sores). If you or a partner do not have symptoms but want to take a proactive approach to ensure that your sexual health is safe, you can be screened for STDs. While this is not a typical, routine procedure, you can request this from many healthcare providers.
Generally, it is recommended to get screened for STDs if :
At Everlywell, we combine the best in modernized, rigorous lab testing with easy-to-access, at-home medicine. We provide a range of blood tests, including several of our sexual health tests, that you can take from the comfort of your home. Your results will be analyzed in CLIA-certified labs and an experienced healthcare provider will deliver your results.
Everlywell also offers online STD consults, available in two hours or less. If you think you may have been exposed to an STD, you can connect with a clinician from the comfort and privacy of your own home.
Jordan Stachel, M.S., RDN, CPT works with a wide variety of individuals, ranging in age from children to the elderly, with an assortment of concerns and clinical conditions. She helps individuals optimize overall health and/or manage disease states using personalized medical nutrition therapy techniques.