Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) affect many men who don’t realize they’ve been infected. In addition to prevention, getting tested regularly for STDs and seeking treatment for any symptoms are necessary steps to protecting the health of you and your partner. Board-certified urologist Mark J. Kelly, MD, based in Santa Monica, California, is highly experienced in diagnosing and treating STDs commonly affecting men, including genital herpes, chlamydia, and human papillomavirus. To schedule an appointment at the Medical Office of Mark J. Kelly, MD, Inc. call or use the online booking tool today.
You can’t diagnose yourself with an STD, and even if you have one, you may not suspect it. That’s because many men are infected but don’t have any symptoms. Even if you don’t have symptoms, an STD can still affect your health, and you can still pass it on to others.
When STDs do cause symptoms in men, they often include:
If you have any of these symptoms, or if you’re concerned you’ve been exposed to an STD, schedule an appointment with Dr. Kelly and get tested as soon as possible. Depending on the type and frequency of sexual activity you engage in, Dr. Kelly may also recommend you regularly get tested.
STDs that commonly affect men include:
Chlamydia is an infection that often doesn’t cause symptoms, which makes it easy to spread. Symptoms that chlamydia can cause include painful urination, penile discharge, and abdominal pain. Chlamydia clears up with antibiotics.
The herpes virus causes painful red sores and fluid-filled blisters to form on your genitals, though not everyone who’s infected has symptoms. There’s no cure for herpes, but medication reduces the frequency and severity of outbreaks. Medication also reduces the chance of spreading herpes to others but doesn’t fully prevent it.
HPV sometimes causes genital warts, flesh-colored bumps that look distinctly like cauliflower. These warts usually respond to topical treatment, though they may return after clearing up.
In addition to STDs, you may have ureaplasma, a bacteria, in your urinary tract. Many men and women have ureaplasma without experiencing any symptoms. Sometimes, when there’s an excess of ureaplasma, it results in an infection that can lead to infertility, as well as pain, discomfort, and inflammation in and around your genital area.
Contracting STDs is, for the most part, preventable. Though technically abstaining from sex is the only guaranteed way to prevent STDs, you can reduce your risk of contracting them and passing them on to others by following precautions that include:
To get treatment for an STD or more information about prevention, call the Medical Office of Mark J. Kelly, MD, Inc. or use the online booking tool.