Mononucleosis (‘Mono’) STD Brief
These briefs are intended to give readers (specifically those readers who weren’t aware many of these STDs existed) an overview of each STD, their commonality, treatment options, and diagnostic tests available.
This information is by no means all-encompassing and The STD Project encourages using these briefs as primers and then further delving into the resources section when subsequent questions arise.
Mononucleosis (‘Mono’) Symptoms, Test & Treatment
Common? Quite common in adolescents and young adults (often called ‘the kissing disease’) – less common in adults as they will have generally developed an immunity to the virus by adulthood. However, the infection may develop at any age. Around 1.5 million people infected in the U.S. annually
Symptoms Some people experience no symptoms, but for most others, a fever, sore throat, swollen glands, headache, reduced appetite, muscle aches, and exhaustion are common.
Cure? No treatment – the virus must run its course – this can take a week to sometimes over a month. Over-the-counter acetaminophen or ibuprofen can be taken for pain and fever and will be suggested by a health professional accordingly.
Bacterial/Viral/ Fungal/Parasitic Viral
Test Physical examination and Blood test
Life-Threatening? Not generally, but those with weakened immune systems should be particularly cautious
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