- Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Genital Warts
- Lymphogranuloma Venereum (LGV)
- Mucopurulent Cervicitis (MPC)
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
- Pubic “Crab” Lice
How STD’s Are Caused
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are usually acquired by sexual contact. In addition, sexually transmitted diseases pass from person to person in bodily fluids such as semen, blood or vaginal fluids. However, sometimes these infections can be transmitted in a nonsexual way such as during pregnancy or by sharing needles or through blood transfusions.
How are STDs transmitted?
It is also possible to contact sexually transmitted diseases from those who are not aware that they are infected. STDs don’t always cause symptoms. STDs, depending on the disease, can spread through any type of sexual activity that involves the anus, sex organs, mouth and can also be spread by blood that is shared during sex.
STDs: what causes STDs? What are the symptoms?
- STDS are caused by bacteria, viruses, protozoan, fungi and parasites. Chlamydia, caused by bacteria, causes a discharge from the vagina and penis, burning or pain during urination, infertility in women; however it is treatable with antibiotics.
- With gonorrhea, this is often a discharge from the vagina or penis, painful urination, infertility for women and death.
- With genital herpes, there are recurring outbreaks of blister-like sores on the genitals and can be transmitted by a partner who has herpes.
- Genital warts are caused by a virus that is related to skin warts. They can be treated with freezing or with medication.
- Vaccines are also available that prevent the most common types of HPV
What to do if you have been exposed?
If you think you have a STD or have been exposed to someone who has STD, a medical examination may be necessary.
- It is important that you see a doctor as soon as possible after being exposed to STD.
- See your doctor if the STD problem worsens, if a fever develops.
- Testing for STD is easy and quick. In addition, testing depends on what you are being tested for. For example, your doctor may take a swab or blood sample or ask you to put urine in a cup.
To conclude, sexually transmitted diseases,(STDs, are often acquired by sexual contact. If you suspect that you have acquired STD, talk with your doctor soon.