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Loving Is Wonderful - But Contracting STD Sucks

Apr 4, 2008
At one time or another in our life, we could get sick, either because of your own or others carelessness; we can catch anything from cold, flu, measles or even STD. Sexually Transmitted Disease or STD, unlike the ones mentioned earlier, is caused by our own disregard for safe sex and more...

At first, the term "sexual disease" referred to syphilitic and gonorrhoeal infections, and was deemed the same. However, further studies showed that they are two totally different illnesses and discovered even more (20 or more) infections that can be sexually transmitted.

STD could be transmitted though sexual activity when one comes in contact with the infected genital area through vaginal penetration, anal and oral sex. Pathogens are also transferred through bodily fluids such as vaginal and genital secretions, saliva, and blood.

STDS are transferred specifically through sexual contact and hardly ever by superficial contacts with the diseased area or objects or from mother to foetus. Indications of the disease normally manifest generally within the genital area but could also appear in other parts of the body like the mouth, neck and eyes.

STDS can be classified in two broad categories: Major STDs, like: -syphilis -gonorrhoea

Minor STDS, which are: -vaginal herpes -venereal vegetations -scab -some forms of viral hepatitis

Today, HIV and syphilis are considered pandemic and its spread has grown to frightening proportions. Some of the disease's indications manifest in the genital area, such as extraordinary discharges in the vagina and the penis, burning sensation, pain during sex and urination. Absence of these symptoms does not negate the possibility of having the infection as in most cases, noticeable symptoms do not become evident until such time that one goes for treatment or symptoms become recurring.

Undergoing an exhaustive medical examination to achieve a correct diagnosis is the primary step to take in treating STD. The treatments should not be based on past medical experiences, because there will be a great probability for error and the right treatment and procedures would not be administered or delayed.

You can see your family doctor first, who could recommend you to a specialist for a more thorough examination. You might need more tests and the consequential treatments. Treatments and medicines prescribed should be completed even if the symptoms are no longer present. Sexual activities could be resumed three days after discontinuance of the treatment per doctor's recommendations.

The risk to be infected with these diseases is higher in the case of sexual contact with more partners, when the condom is not used as means of protection or when intravenous injecting drugs are used, when the partner is drugged or has on his or her turn more sexual partners.

STDs can affect men and women as well, irrespective of their age. They can be contacted even if there are no symptoms. Actually symptoms may lack in the case of women. Besides their evolution is more dangerous in the case of women because it can provoke inflamatory pelvic disease which can sometimes lead to infertility.
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