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LGBT Health Care Issues an Important Topic During Sexual Health Awareness Month

Baylor Scott & White MedProvider offers the residents in and around the Dallas, Texas community comprehensive quality medical care. We are uniquely staffed and equipped to diagnose and treat a broad range of health conditions, including LGBT health issues.

September is Sexual Health Awareness Month, and the clinic is using the opportunity to focus on LGBT Health. Anyone who is not in a monogamous relationship and doesn’t use condoms is at risk of developing an STD. Men who have Sex with other Men (MSM) are at an even greater risk, especially if they have multiple partners.

According to the Mayo Clinic, STDs like HPV, chlamydia, herpes, and trichomoniasis don’t always produce symptoms. Symptoms of others, like HIV, may be hard to detect in the early stages. That is why it is important to have regular exams and screenings to prevent progression of some conditions and to prevent spreading them unknowingly.

Although not all STDs have symptoms, there are some to be aware of. Some common STD symptoms include:

  • Bumps, warts, or sores on or near the vagina, anus, penis, or mouth
  • Swelling or redness near genitals
  • A skin rash
  • Pain during urination
  • Weight loss, night sweats, loose stools
  • Fever, chills, aches, and pains​
  • Yellowing (jaundice) skin
  • Penis or vagina discharge
  • Non-menstrual vaginal bleeding
  • Painful intercourse
  • Severe itching around the genitals
  • Changes in vaginal discharge

Not surprisingly, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) /AIDS are a major concern for those within the LGBT/MSM community. Prevention is the best approach, including limiting sexual activity to one partner, in a monogamous relationship. Get tested before engaging in sexual activity with a new partner. Always wear a condom during any sexual contact and avoid oil-based lubricants.

Contact Baylor Scott & White MedProvider today to schedule your appointment for an exam and to discuss LGBT health care issues that you may be concerned about.

Sources

  1. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sexually-transmitted-diseases-stds/home/ovc-20180594
  2. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/sexually-transmitted-diseases-an-overview