Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by Ralph Flores
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) refer to infections that are passed from one person to another through sexual contact. It has various disease-causing agents, which range from bacteria, parasites, yeast, and even viruses.
In particular, STDs are transmitted during intimate physical contact, including heavy petting, and sexual activity, such as oral, vaginal, and anal sex. In the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that at least 20 million new infections occur each year. The condition is not predisposed to a certain sex; however, women tend to have more severe health problems when infected by an STD than men. If a pregnant woman contracts STD, it is not only the mother who is at risk, but the baby becomes more likely to be affected by complications.
For the most part, anyone who actively participates in sexual activity is at risk of having an STD. However, certain types of behavior increase the risk of getting it, including:
There are over 20 types of STDs, each with its unique symptoms and complications. Some common conditions include the following:
Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is the presence of too much of a certain bacteria in the vagina. While the cause of BV is unclear, it affects the balance between “good” and “bad” bacteria found in the vagina. A woman with BV usually will not feel symptoms, but if she does, it includes the following.
Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that can affect both men and women. In women, it affects the cervix, rectum, or throat, while men get it in the urethra inside the penis, throat, or rectum. The condition, which is caused by Chlamydia trachomatis, affect men and women differently. In women, symptoms include:
Symptoms in men include:
Gonorrhea is a very common infection for sexually active people who practice unprotected sex. If a pregnant woman becomes infected, the chances of infecting the unborn child are increased as well. Common symptoms in women include:
For men, the following symptoms are seen:
HIV/AIDS is a condition which affects a person’s immune system. It causative agent, the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), is transmitted through unprotected sex with an infected person; however, it can also spread by sharing drug needles or coming into contact with the blood of an infected person. The condition starts by destroying white blood cells, putting a person at risk of infection. In its final stage, it progresses into acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).
Syphilis is a bacterial infection which affects the genital area, mouth, lips, and anus of both men and women. Its hallmark symptom is a painless sore around the affected area. In some cases, this may even cause nearby lymph nodes to swell. As the condition progresses, non-itchy skin rashes appear on the hands and feet.
If an STD is left untreated, this can lead to potentially serious conditions such as infertility, genital tract infections, cardiovascular disease, heart disease, cancers, and even death. Certain STDs can damage internal organs and even the neurological system.
Pregnant women who contract STD not only put themselves at risk of complications, but their unborn babies are also most likely to be infected with it as well.
The following food items may help relieve or even treat a person from STDs.
If a person is diagnosed with an STD, healthcare professionals will usually prescribe medication to treat the condition.
However, the following guidelines could prove helpful to manage infection.
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections that are passed from person to person through sexual contact.
STDs have various disease-causing agents, which range from bacteria, parasites, yeast, and even viruses.
STDs are transmitted during intimate physical contact and sexual activity, such as oral, vaginal, and anal sex.
A person who actively participates in sexual activity is at risk of having an STD.
STDs, if left untreated, can become potentially severe conditions.