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10 Most Serious Sexually Transmitted Diseases ...

By Melanie

There are many sexually transmitted diseases surfing around the United States as well as the rest of the world in this day and age. The person most dearest to you may have a sexually transmitted disease. Even more frightening, you may not even realize it, as certain diseases do not show. There are over twenty of them that can seriously jeopardize your health. Below, I am going to give you 10 of the most serious sexually transmitted diseases…

10 Chlamydia

ChlamydiaThis is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases and it is caused by bacteria called Chlamydia trachomatis. The most common symptoms of this include abnormal genital discharge and burning while urinating. Both females and males can have this disease. If you do not treat it, it can cause abdominal pain, fever, pain during intercourse, lower back pain and nausea, as well as infertility. These infections can be treated with antibiotic therapy.

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HIV/AIDSAIDS is an abbreviation for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. It is probably the most life threatening sexually transmitted disease in the world today. It is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus and is considered an STD because the virus can be found in all body fluids. This includes saliva, vaginal discharge and sperm amongst others. This is a serious disease because there is no known cure, though there is long-term treatment for those infected with HIV, the pre-cursor to AIDS. AIDS is fatal, and easily preventable — simple use of condoms can prevent its spread.

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8 Genital Warts

Genital WartsThis is another common sexually transmitted disease that is caused by the Human Papilloma virus. The most common symptom that one experiences when they have this is a skin formation called condyloma. Condylomas appear on the genitals and can spread to the skin that is surrounding them. They are highly contagious can produce symptoms such as muscle aches, headache, pain while urinating, burning itching or swollen glands in the genital area. Genital warts are highly contagious, and the virus that causes them can lead to cervical cancer.

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7 Hepatitis B

Hepatitis BThis is another one of those common sexually transmitted diseases. In most cases, it can be caused by infected needles, but sexual intercourse is another way you can get infected with Hepatitis B. It does not cause much changes to the genitals. Primarily, it hits the liver and causes cirrhosis, inflammation and even cancer.

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6 Gonorrhea

GonorrheaThis is a serious sexually transmitted disease that is caused by the bacterium known as Neisseria Gonorrheae. Today, there are over seven hundred thousand people in the United States alone get this infection each year. In many cases, the female will not show symptoms. For men, it can cause a white, yellow or green discharge coming from the penis and there may be pain while urinating. Antibiotics can cure it.

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5 Syphilis

SyphilisThis is a very serious transmitted disease and if you leave it untreated, it will become deadly. It is caused by bacterium that is spiral-shaped and is called Treponema Pallidum. Throughout the years, this disease has dramatically increased. Many say that this is because the starting of this disease goes undetected. Later, it attacks the heart, brain and nearly all internal organs.

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4 Pubic Lice (Crabs) and Scabies

Pubic Lice (Crabs) and ScabiesLice are parasites that live in the hair. Scabies are mites that burrow down into the skin in the genital area, hands, fingers and chest hair. You mostly get them from sexual contact or having close physical contact with others. They can also be on bedding, clothing, toilet seats and towels that are infected.

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3 Trichomoniasis

TrichomoniasisTrichomoniasis is an infection of the vagina for women and the urethra for men. It is caused by small parasites that live in areas of the body that are moist. You can get it through sexual contact. It can also spread by bathing suits, towels and washcloths shared by an infected individual. The parasite can live outside the body for hours.

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2 Chancroid

ChancroidThis is an old STD that is making a comeback. This is a bacterial infection that includes swelling and sores that are usually in the genital area. However, it can appear anywhere on the body. It will appear in the form of bright red blisters or pimples. This can be transmitted by sexual contact or skin to skin contact with someone who has sores that are infected.

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1 Herpes

HerpesThe Herpes virus causes sores that appear on the vaginal area, penis and/or the anus. Sometimes, it can appear around the mouth. There is no cure, only medical treatment is available. Herpes is something that never goes away, so it can return, and it is contagious even when there are no visible sores. A patient can have anywhere from four to seven flare ups each year. This is the silent disease. Your partner could have it and you would never notice it.

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Many of these diseases are highly contagious, so it is best to know who you are sleeping with. Always, ALWAYS use a condom to prevent the spread of these diseases!Sexually transmitted diseases are nothing to play around with and they will not go away with a blink of the eye. I know this is personal, but do you know anyone with one of these diseases? How did they discover they had it? What were their symptom, and how was it treated?

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