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What are the Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD)?

Updated on January 5, 2011

 STDs, or sexually transmitted diseases can be life threatening, such as AIDs, or can become harmful to your body, all from having unprotected sex.

Chlamydia, if untreated in a woman, can have serious reproductive problems, both short and long term. It is a silent disease, as there are few obvious symptoms. It can occur from oral and rectum sex, and often accompanies gonorrhea. Sex partners may unknowingly reinfect one one another. If caught early, it is easily cured.

Gonorrhea, has been diagnosed as early as 150 AD. It infects female and male genitalia and impacts joints, eyes, rectum. The first sign is some pus from inflammation after several days from exposure. Men suffer from pus discharges and painful urination and even blockage of the urethra. In the female, abdominable pain is common due to pelvic inflammatory disease and subsequent infections of the uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes and ovaries. If untreated, the infection can impact the heart, eyes, joints. Recovery does not always mean the infection is totally gone. You can get this via oral or rectum sex as well.

Syphilis was first discovered in the 15th century, in Europe, and caused by bacteria that is like a corkscrew. Incubation is long and averages 3 weeks. In the first stage, painless ulcers may appear at the infection site, usually hidden. In stage 2, skin rashes, patchy hair loss, and mild fever. These symptoms then vanish, making someone think they are well. In the 3rd stage, which occurs 10 yrs after exposure, lesions appear, blindness, deafness.

Genital Herpes is a virus. Lesions appear after a week from being exposed and burning. After 2 weeks, the virus seems to vanish until some emotional stress, menstruation or scratching occurs.

Nongonococcal Urethritis, or NGU, is usually caused by catheters and serious in females.

Candidiasis is a disease that creates a yeastlike fungus and causes itching and thick yellow discharge.


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      Rod Jamieson 6 years ago

      The alarming news is that if STD’s go untreated permanent damage even death can occur. For example chlamydial infections can progress into serious reproductive and other health problems with both short-term and long-term consequences. Best wished and get tested!!!