What are the Most Common STDs and How Can They Be Treated?

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are a major public health concern, with an estimated 20 million new cases reported each year in the United States alone. STDs can be caused by a variety of bacteria, viruses, and parasites, and can range from mild to severe. In this article, we'll discuss five of the most common STDs, their symptoms, and how they can be treated. Human papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most common STDs.

It is estimated that nearly 80% of sexually active adults will contract HPV at some point in their lives. HPV is spread through sexual contact with the penis, vagina, mouth, or anus of an infected person. While most people infected with HPV have no symptoms, it can cause genital warts and certain types of cancer. Fortunately, there is now a vaccine available to protect against some types of HPV.

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a virus that attacks the body's immune system and can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). HIV is spread through contact with infected blood, semen, or vaginal fluids. Symptoms of HIV infection may include fever, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes, and rashes. HIV can be treated with antiretroviral drugs, but there is no cure.

Syphilis is a bacterial infection that is spread through sexual contact with an infected person. In its early stages, syphilis may cause sores on the genitals or mouth.

Between one and three weeks

, the patient may experience pain when urinating, pain in the lower abdomen, vaginal discharge or discharge in the penis that smells bad, testicular pain, pain during sexual intercourse and bleeding between menstrual periods. Symptoms may vary and may be mild.

If left untreated, syphilis can cause tissue damage years after the initial infection and cause numbness, dementia, blindness, and paralysis. Syphilis is treated with antibiotics. Chlamydia is another bacterial infection that can be difficult to detect in its early stages because it can be asymptomatic. Possible signs of infection include discharge from the penis or vagina and burning when you urinate. However, most people with chlamydia have no symptoms.

Chlamydia is spread through sexual contact with the penis, vagina, mouth, or anus of an infected person. A pregnant woman can transmit chlamydia to her baby during delivery. Without treatment, chlamydia can cause serious health problems such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and infertility. Gonorrhea is another sexually transmitted disease that can be asymptomatic once infected. Gonorrhea has many symptoms similar to those of chlamydia and syphilis (painful urination, pelvic pain, and bleeding between periods), but gonorrhea discharge can be painful and pus-like.

It can also cause swelling in the testicles. Gonorrhea is treated with antibiotics. Hepatitis B and C are viral infections that affect the liver. They are spread through contact with infected blood or body fluids such as semen or saliva. Symptoms may include fever, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, jaundice (yellowing of the skin), joint pain, and loss of appetite.

Hepatitis B and C can be treated with antiviral drugs. Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a virus that affects both men and women. It is spread through sexual contact with an infected person. HPV can cause genital warts as well as certain types of cancer such as cervical cancer in women. HPV is treated in different ways depending on the type of infection; some infections that cause warts can be treated with medications while infections that don't respond to medications or affect the cervix may require surgery. Trichomoniasis is an STD caused by a parasite that passes from one person to another during sexual intercourse.

It can be transmitted from a man to a woman, from a woman to a man, or from a woman to another woman. Women often develop the infection inside the vagina or urethra while men can develop trichomoniasis inside the penis. Symptoms may include itching or burning when you urinate as well as discharge from the penis or vagina. Genital herpes is caused by a virus that affects both men and women. It is spread through contact with infected fluid inside herpes sores on the skin or mucous membranes such as those found in the mouth or anus.

Symptoms may include itching or burning around the genitals as well as blisters or sores on or around the genitals. Research to develop vaccines for genital herpes and HIV is advanced, and several candidate vaccines are in the early stages of clinical development. There is increasing evidence to suggest that the vaccine to prevent meningitis (MenB) provides some cross-protection against gonorrhea. More research is needed on vaccines for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and trichomoniasis. Some of the most common STDs don't cause symptoms but they can still cause serious health problems such as infertility in both men and women as well as an increased risk of complications during pregnancy for women who are infected with gonorrhea or chlamydia while pregnant. Viral hepatitis is also a major public health concern; it's the leading cause of liver cancer and the most common reason for liver transplants.

Ethel Kosowski
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