SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES

The truth about STD's

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Genital Warts- A viral disease, which means that there is no cure (other than surgery etc...)

Symptoms: mild, painless bumps on sex organs, and rectum.

Diagnosis: Diagnosed by examining the wart and the fluid inside.

Treatment: Warts can be removed with different medical techniques: (surgery, freezing, chemicals) However, warts may come back. If a woman with genital warts is pregnant she will need to have a cesarean section.

Prevention: Abstain from sex.

Herpes- A viral disease, which means that there is no cure.

Symptoms: painful blisters on sex organs, rectum, or mouth. Flu-like symptoms may occur during an outbreak.

Diagnosis: Diagnosed by examining the fluid inside of the blisters.

Treatment: This disease is incurable. However, medicine can be taken to control outbreaks. Outbreaks may occur at any time. If a female with herpes is pregnant she must deliver through cesarean section.

Prevention: Abstain from sex.

 

Syphilis- A potentially dangerous bacterial disease.

Symptoms: Occurs in 3 stages. Stage 1- reddish-brown painless sores on sex organs, swollen glands. Sores are called "chancres" Stage 2- body rash, fever, sore throat, and hair loss. Stage 3- heart damage, blood vessel damage, and brain damage (insanity, paralysis, and blindness)

Diagnosis: Sample of sore or blood test.

Treatment: penicillin shots. If syphilis is not treated, the disease can result in heart damage, blood vessel damage, and brain damage (insanity, paralysis, and blindness)

Prevention: Abstain from sex.

 

Chlamydia- A bacterial disease.

Symptoms: In the beginning there may not be any symptoms. This disease is very mild and difficult to diagnose. This is a very widespread disease. Symptoms may include an odorless discharge from vagina or penis, burning sensation during urination or defecation.

Diagnosis: sample of discharge is tested.

Treatment: Tetracycline (antibiotic). Pelvic inflammatory disease can result if the disease is not treated. PID can lead to sterility and/or ectopic pregnancies.

Prevention: Abstain from sex.

 

Gonorrhea- A bacterial disease.

Symptoms: many times there are no symptoms. 4 out of 5 women donít show any symptoms. Symptoms include abnormal yellowish discharge or "drip" from the penis or vagina, burning sensation when urinating or defecating, lower abdominal pain in women.

Diagnosis: male-test discharge, women- sample from cervix is tested.

Treatment: antibiotics. However, new strains are more resistant to antibiotics and harder to kill. Therefore one must be rechecked to make sure all is well. Different drugs may be prescribed. Pelvic Inflammatory disease can result if the disease is not treated. PID can lead to sterility and/or ectopic pregnancies. If left untreated, gonorrhea can cause infertility, heart trouble, and arthritis. All newborn babies are given eye drops to kill undetected gonorrhea that could damage the eyes.

Prevention: Abstain from sex.

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