Sex is fun and exciting, but you need to properly protect yourself. Whether you are a man or woman, sexually transmitted disease can cause you pain, suffering and even death in some circumstances.
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STD #1 – Genital Warts
These are not dangerous, but they are definitely not pleasant. These are warts that are transferred through the HPV virus and will be very noticeable.
The worst part is that this disease can be caught by mere skin-to-skin contact, and the transfer of bodily fluids does not need to take place.
The signs seen are rather straightforward and easily identified. This will include:
- Warts that grow on the skin, typically in the following areas: Penis, vulva, anus or vagina.
- Some people even get these in their mouth, but this is not common.
Most of the time, these do not create the person any pain, but they are simply not aesthetically pleasing.
The causes for genital warts is the skin to skin contact with a person that is infected. You should note that this disease does not have to be active to spread.
In other words, your partner may not have a single wart present when transfer occurs.
Treatment is usually simple. Most cases go away on their own. Other solutions include ointments and medication.
STD #2 – “Crabs” (Pubic Lice)
Pubic lice, or crabs, are actual insects that will invade your body.
These insects exhibit only one symptom:
- Intense itching
When a person has these, they will often first notice it by the intense itching sensation that will not subside.
Crabs can be transferred during sexual intercourse, but it can also be caught when sleeping in the same bed as an infected person. The latter is only seen in severe cases.
- Creams – Pubic lice will require you to use creams to kill the insects.
- Pills – There are also another possible treatment with Ivermectin being the most common.
- Lotions – Lindane is a last-resort solution that will be given when all other methods have failed.
STD #3 – Syphilis
Syphilis is a disease that is created by a type of bacteria. While less common now, it was widespread in the 1930s and 40s.
The following stuff will be seen and will vary greatly from the different stages of the disease:
- Sores on the genitals or inside of the mouth.
- A reddish rash will develop after 6 weeks and may persist for months.
- Warts on the groin may develop.
- Fever and weight loss may occur.
The most severe cases may be responsible for heart and brain problems as well as dementia, blindness and deafness.
Sexual intercourse, oral sex and even extended periods of kissing, in very rare circumstances, can cause a person to contract Syphilis. This is created directly by the Treponema pallidum bacteria.
During the initial two stages, this disease can be successfully treated with penicillin.
Pay attention! Later stages are often incurable.
STD #4 – HIV
HIV is an STD that is passed through blood or semen. This is a horrible disease that cannot currently be cured.
It may go unnoticed for more than 10 years in some cases. A person may experience the following stuff, starting with phase 1 of HIV:
- Swollen glands, groin or throat
- Fever, headache or fatigue
- Muscle aches
It can be transferred:
- During intercourse
- Through needles
This is an autoimmune disease that affects nearly 1 million people in the United States alone.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for HIV. Treatment methods will depend on the person and there is usually a “cocktail” of medicines given to help combat the disease.
Currently, the cocktails are able to help people live for longer with this than ever before.
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STD #5 – Gonorrhea
Another bacterial infection. Gonorrhea is quite common with nearly a million new cases every year in the United States.
Another disease with symptoms that may or may not be present. This is very similar to Chlamydia and will cause the following:
- Abdominal pain
- Pain during intercourse and urination
- Pus or discharge from the vagina or head of the penis
All forms of sex – anal, oral and vaginal – will cause Gonorrhea to be transmitted.
This STD can be cured through the use of antibiotics. This will completely eliminate any sign of the disease from the body.
STD #6 – Chlamydia
Every year, millions of people become infected with Chlamydia. This STD is transferred to men and women and is most common under the age of 25.
Unfortunately, most people, 75 percent, do not even know they have this disease. There are, however, some signs that may be exhibited, including:
- Abdominal pain
- Vaginal discharge
- Pain and burning when urinating
- Swollen testicles or anus
- Discharge or pus from the penis
The main cause of this disease is vaginal or anal sex. However, you will normally not contract it through oral intercourse or touching.
Thankfully, Chlamydia is very easy to cure. All you need to do is take a round of antibiotics and avoid any sexual contact until the doctor states that you are free to make love again.
STD #7 – Genital Herpes
Herpes is quite common due to easy transfer. Both type 1 and type 2 will remain in a person’s body for their entire life. Even when symptoms are not present, you may still be infected. This has caused the virus to quickly spread.
The indication seen with oral version of this disease are as follows:
- Cold sores
- Blisters on the lips or around the mouth
Genital herpes will cause worse symptoms, including:
- Sores that are in a cluster
- Pain near the infected area
- Open sores
- Swollen glands
- Inability to urinate
It can be spread by intercourse, oral as well as anal sex, kissing or even touching.
Cure for herpes is only effective for management. Otherwise, the STD is not able to be cured.
STD #8 – Chancroid
This is a very uncommon STD, but it is still horrible to get. This disease comes with the following indications:
After 4 – 10 days, the following stuff will be seen:
- Open sores on the penis, rectum or around the vagina.
- Pus and pain from the sores.
- Swollen genitals.
Chancroid is a bacteria that will only be transmitted during sexual intercourse.
While this STD is definitely not pleasant, treatment is rather effective. You and your partner will only need to undergo a round of antibiotics to successfully cure Chancroid.