At Prime Medical Care, LLC, Dr. Dan Bishwakarma offers diagnostic tests and treatment for both Urinary Tract Infections(UTI) and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI). Residents of the Alexandria, Virginia area are welcome to visit the facility if they’re experiencing any types of symptoms associated with UTIs or STDs.
UTIs and STDs Q & A
How can STDs be prevented?
STDs or sexually transmitted diseases can be prevented if a person takes the necessary precautions prior to engaging in physical activity. While abstinence is the only real way to prevent most forms of STDs, using a condom can dramatically reduce the risk of transmission during vaginal intercourse. It’s important to remember that most birth control methods do not protect against STDs. It’s also important to limit the number of sexual partners. STDs can occur in monogamous relationships, but these instances are rare. Preventing STDs is a personal choice when it comes to protecting one’s health. Receiving the HPV vaccine is just one way a person can protect themselves from unexpected exposure to at least one type of STD.
What are the symptoms of a UTI?
A urinary tract infection or UTI is often discovered when a person experiences extreme burning or pain during urination. Pain in the pelvic region and an intense urge to void that doesn’t decrease after a person has used the bathroom are also common symptoms that doctors use to identify a urinary tract infection. If the infection is severe, the urine may turn from a yellowish color to an orange or dark brown. When this occurs blood is present. Antibiotics may be prescribed to fight the infection internally, while over the counter pain medications are recommended to control the pain and discomfort.
Can STDs and UTIs be associated with one another?
STDs and UTIs often appear together. While some STDs are caused by a virus, others are the result of an infection. If a person doesn’t practice good hygiene or doesn’t get treatment for the STD, the bacteria can spread to the urethra and travel up into the bladder, resulting in a urinary tract infection. STDs may go undetected until more severe treatments begin to appear. A person who has repeated urinary tract infections may have more serious problems if an STD is responsible but remains undetected. Dr. Bishwakarma will often perform an STD test if UTIs keep returning. The patient should immediately notify the doctor of any new symptoms that may arise involving the reproductive organs or the urinary tract.