Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) occur during sexual contact and usually do not cause any symptoms. There are various kinds of STDs and almost more than half of all of us will get one at some time in our lives. As they rarely show any symptoms, it is very important to educate yourself about them. Here is what you need to know about three of the most common infections.
Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
This is the most common type of STDs and almost all men and women contract the disease at some point in their lives, even if they have only one partner in their lifetime. It is usually spread through vaginal, oral and anal contact. It comes with no symptoms, but sometimes some small bumps around the genital area may appear.
HPV may disappear on its own, but sometimes it must be treated. When left untreated, it may trigger cancer of the genitals or throat. Hence, if you develop warts, consult your doctor right away. Last but not least, make sure you use condoms and get vaccinated against this type of STD in order to protect yourself from HPV.
Same as the previous type of STD, genital herpes can be transmitted through vaginal, anal and oral contact. It often comes with no symptoms, but it may cause blisters on the genitals and around the mouth. Moreover, it may trigger body aches, chills, and fever. It usually takes up to several weeks to be treated. However, when left untreated, it may have different adverse effects, such as burning sensation while urinating, miscarriage or vaginal spotting. Unfortunately, it can even be transmitted to a newborn baby during birth.
You can get yourself tested with a lab test and properly treated. Therefore, always use a condom and be careful because it may be found in areas condoms don’t cover.
Trichomoniasis or trich, is the most treatable sexually transmitted disease. It is easily treated with antibiotics and it usually doesn’t show any symptom. However, it may cause an itching and burning sensation in the genitals. Moreover, it may increase the risk of premature birth when left untreated. Hence, you can get yourself tested with a lab test and solve the issue with some antibiotics. Additionally, use latex condoms as a protection against trichomoniasis.