What are the most common sexually transmitted diseases?
Check out a list of some widespread STDs that you should know about below: • Chlamydia: This is a curable STD affecting women’s cervix and the penile urethra in males. Symptoms include penile or vaginal discharges and pain during intercourse. • Gonorrhea: A bacterial STD with long-term effects, gonorrhea shows up as a burning sensation during urination and yellow, green, or white penile discharges in men. • Syphilis: This common STD may cause complications, if left untreated. The disease is transmitted via direct contact with syphilis sores, which usually occur on the mouth and external genitals, as well as the rectum and vagina. • HPV: One of the most common STDs, the human papilloma virus is usually linked to cancer. But HPV may also lead to genital warts and other warts. Although incurable, the symptoms of this disease are treatable. • HIV/AIDS: HIV causes AIDS and is transmitted through the exchange of bodily fluids, like breast milk, blood, vaginal secretions, and semen. It is not transmitted through casual contact. • Pubic Lice: These lice can be found on genital hair and sometimes on the eyebrows and armpits. Commonly transmitted via sexual contact, they are also spread through infected clothing and linens. Symptoms include visible eggs or lice and itching in the genital area. • Herpes: This viral STD is transmitted from the mouth to the genitals and vice versa. • Hepatitis/HBV: Different types of hepatitis exist but HBV is most commonly associated with sexual transmission. Symptoms include liver cancer, cirrhosis, and scarring of the liver.
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