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What are the signs and symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases?

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January 15, 2014 2:23PM

An individual infected with an STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease) might not display symptoms of infection. Also, symptoms vary greatly, depending on the STD. Even some serious infections, like hepatitis and HIV might never show outward signs pointing to the primary infection. Some STDs have no external symptoms. Some have a long incubation period during which, no external symptoms appear. Others can appear dormant after a brief symptomatic period.

Caution: Because of the broad range of symptoms, or lack of apparent symptoms, You need to visit a physician immediately if you believe that you are at risk of an STD infection. Don't wait!

Some Signs of STDs:

STDs can be any of a number of possibilities, all with differing symptoms which may include any of the following:Painful, burning urination;

Painful, burning urination;

Lower abdominal pain;

Vaginal discharge;

Penile discharge;

Painful sexual intercourse;

Testicular pain;

Sores (ulcerations or cankers), or warts in genital areas;

Rash (Itching and redness) in genital areas;

Anal itching, soreness, tenderness, or bleeding.

Related information:

Every year, STDs affect more than 13 million people. Researchers have identified more than 20 different kinds of STDs, which fall into two main groups: bacterial and viral.

Bacterial STDs: These can be treated, and often cured, with antibiotics.

Some examples are:

Chlamydia;

gonorrhea;

Trichomoniasis;

and syphilis;

Viral STDs: These diseases can be controlled, but not cured.

Some examples are: Genital herpes;

Genital warts;

Human papilloma virus (HPV);

Hepatitis B;

Cytomegalovirus;

HIV or AIDS.

To Minimizing Risk:

Use condoms for vaginal, oral, or anal sex -every time;

Know your partners, STD and general health, status;

Avoid multiple sexual partners;

Have regular medical check-ups.

To Eliminate Risk:

Avoid the sharing of needles;

Avoid sexual contact;

Avoid any contact with the bodily fluids of others.