Untreated STDs can grow unchecked for years in the body and cause the development of potentially serious or life-threatening diseases. For example, a person with HPV may have cervical or anal cancer, while syphilis can cause blindness, dementia, and heart or kidney damage. If left untreated, syphilis can kill and gonorrhea can cause infertility. Non-viral STDs, such as chlamydia and gonorrhea, can be cured.
However, they usually have no symptoms, or symptoms may come and go, making it look like an infection went away when it actually didn't. You can't know your STD status without getting tested, and you can't self-diagnose an STD based on symptoms and then assume that the infection is gone when your symptoms go away. Getting tested can uncover a problem and pave the way for treatment. If there's any chance that you have an STI, go to a sexual health clinic or family doctor for a confidential and free checkup.
Gonorrhea is an STD that can cause an infection in the genitals, rectum, and throat. It's very common, especially among young people ages 15 to 24.Men can get trichomoniasis, but they usually have no symptoms and are not tested for trichomoniasis as part of routine STI screening. Trichomoniasis is the most common curable sexually transmitted disease in the country, and it is estimated that it infects about 3.7 million Americans at a time, 70 percent of whom have no symptoms.