15 Signs That You Have One Of These STD's


Science | By Cole Damon | November 16, 2017

STDs are globally on the rise and there's no stopping them. You could even argue that STDs have become a consequential fact of life. The good thing about Sexually Transmitted Diseases (SDTs) is that they're only spread when you get up and close with your partner - in a sexual way. It's better to identify them before they grow and spread.

Gonorrhea

It's so widespread that the Centers for Disease Control estimates that around 700,000 new cases of Gonorrhea spring up ever year. It spreads bacterially affecting woman's cervix, a male's urethra or even the throat. It can be identified with the yellowish penile discharge in men.

Hepatitis

Hepatitis B affects more than 1.25 million people in the United States despite the presence of a vaccine. Without proper treatment, the infection can permanently damage the liver, cause cirrhosis and even liver cancer in some cases. Unfortunately there are no symptoms.

Syphilis

A highly contagious disease which can be passed through sexual activity (which also includes prolonged kissing). The disease is spread from pores and the infected person is usually unaware of the disease and unknowingly passes it on to their partner.

Chlamydia

A very common STD which fortunately has an easy cure. But if left untreated, Chlamydia can make it impossible for women to get pregnant. Symptoms include abnormal vaginal discharge and a burning sensation when urinating and pain and swelling in one or both testicles.

Crabs

Small lice barely visible by the naked eye manifest themselves in the coarse hair of the gential regions. They don't just stop to the pubic region though, eventually spread to the armpits and even eyebrows. Symptoms obviously include a n itchy sensation in your genitals.

Human Papilloma Virus

Extremely widespread and affects more than three quarters of the sexually active population. An entire vaccine was invented to protect young women from certain strains of HPV which can cause cervical cancer. There are no obvious symptoms.

Bacterial Vaginosis

It mostly affects women who have multiple sexual partners. They occur when the otherwise healthy bacteria in the vagina become oversized and imbalanced causing a burning and itching around the genitals. There's also a thick, grey discharge with strong odor.

Herpes

Painful lesions on the genitals almost always indicates herpes, which comes in two forms, HSV1 (herpes of the mouth) and HSV2 (herpes of the genitals.) Herpes symptoms can be treated with antibiotics but they never go away.

Trichomoniasis

Lovingly called 'Trich" and shows no symptoms in most men. It is caused by a parasitic trichomonas vaginalis infection which affects the urethra in women. Some symptoms include an itching and burnig sensation in the genitals accompanies by fluid discharged.

HIV

Probably the deadliest disease to hit humanity, it is primarily transmitted via the exchange of body fluids such as semen, vaginal fluids, blood and even breast milk. In just 2 months of contracting HIVB, more than 50% show symptoms of fever, ach muscles, sore throat and headache among others.

Zika virus

Typically associated with birth defects in babies which are born to infected mothers, Zika is primarily spread by the bite of a vector mosquito which contains the virus. Sexual transmission is also possible and the individual can spread the virus to their sex partner.

How are STDs diagnosed?

Individuals who want to maintain healthy lifestyle should make a habit to visit their doctors on a regular basis to contain any infections in their early stages. Because while some viruses can be identified by obvious symptoms, most don't come with a warning.

Using antibiotics

Most STDs resolve on their own but some of them require the use of antibiotics. Unfortunately some of these STDs are here to affect the individual forever and will reoccur at some point in their lives and could develop into a chronic infection.

Untreated STDs

Some viral strains of STDs have become so mainstream that people have begun to perceive them as less harmful. But if left untreated, STDs can spread throughout the body and cause irreparable damage, so readers should make it a habit to get regular checkups.

Protection can help right?

Using protection during sex helps to keep certain infections at bay, but it does not eliminate the symptoms completely and there's always a small chance of contracting STDs. The only way to avoid STDs, is to stop having sex altogether.

Did You Know...

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They may be beautiful, rich and famous, but celebrities are human too, and that means they're just as prone to getting sick as the rest of us. And just like us, some celebs even live with chronic conditions that can take a toll on their day-to-day lives. But eczema – also referred to as dermatitis – is a common dry skin condition. Symptoms include dry, itchy, red and scaly skin. In more extreme cases, the skin can crust and bleed. According to the National Eczema Association, 1 in 10 individuals will develop eczema in their lifetime. And given these statistics, it’s hardly a surprise there are a few celebrities out there who have eczema too.

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The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, 37, suffered from eczema in her teens. Kate was bullied heavily whilst attending Downe House girls’ boarding school, according to the Duchess’s friend Jessica Hay. According Hay, Middleton’s bullies made fun of her eczema. ‘It didn’t help that she was so tall and self-conscious about her eczema,’ Hay told CelebNow. Studies have shown children with moderate and extreme atopic dermatitis are more likely to suffer from conditions like anxiety and low self-esteem, which has a knock-on effect on their school work and ability to make friends.

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Although Brad Pitt, 55, has not spoken about the issue himself, his co-star Cate Blanchett disclosed that Pitt was suffering from eczema during filming of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. In an interview with Scotland’s Daily Record, the actress said, ‘We went through three weeks of make-up tests and he was covered in eczema from it all.’ Blanchett sweetly loaned Pitt her skin cream to deal with the dermatitis, that had developed due to the use of prosthetic makeup worn during filming. Prosthetic make-up isn’t the hugest concern for us non-Hollywood folk, nevertheless, what is a concern, is how makeup can trigger eczema flair up. Unless makeup brushes are constantly washed (let’s be real, they’re not), they become a breeding ground for bacteria. This can lead to clogged pores and irritated sensitive skin.

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Adele, 31, stated that her eczema flared up when she became a new mom. During a press conference in 2013 after her Golden Globe win for Best Original Song for the Bond film Sykfall, the singer said: ‘I am exhausted. That’s how [motherhood] changed me. I have eczema from boiling bottles.’ Research carried out by the BMJ (formerly known as the British Medical Journal) has revealed that contact dermatitis has the potential to have ‘detrimental’ impact and in the worst case scenarios can even threaten some sufferers ability to work.


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