Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)

There are many problems that can beset you if you are not responsible about your sexual health. Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are common and range from the irritating to the very serious.

STDs to look out for include chlamydia, herpes, gonorrhoea, syphilis, genital herpes, scabies, pubic lice (crabs), hepatitis and HIV (the virus that causes AIDS).

There are a range of symptoms for STDs and some of them overlap. Sometimes, however, you can have an STD with no symptoms at all.

The main symptoms to look out for are unusual discharge from the vagina or penis, pain during urination or sex, persistent diorrhea, sores, blisters, ulcers in the genital area, itchiness or irritation in the genital area.

STDs can be passed on in a number of ways, not just through standard sex. All kinds of sexual intercourse can result in the transfer of STDs.

The best way to prevent the spread of STDs is through the practice of safe sex. Wearing a condom is the most important step to take, but there are other things you can do too.

If you think you may have an STD or want more information, contact your doctor.

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