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6 Common Questions About STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases)

July 10, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 191

How Many Types of STDs Exist?

There more than 25 different types of STDs that exist, with each one showing distinct signs and symptoms. Some even show no signs at all. The most common STDs are: Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, Genital Herpes, Human Papillomavirus, Hepatitis B, Trichomoniasis, and Bacterial Vaginosis.

What Are the Symptoms of an STD?

STDs may start with an itch, blistering, redness, soreness around the area of the genitals, a burning or stinging sensation when urinating, a frequent urge to urinate at a moments notice, a white, yellow, or green discharge from either the penis or the vagina, a strong smell coming from the genital area even after washing, sore throats, mouth blisters, chills or fevers, swellings, continual headaches, or continuous aches and pains, etc.

What Should I Do if I Have Symptoms of a STD?

If you have had sex with someone who you think may have a STD, or you have STD symptoms yourself, then it is advisable to get checked out at a STD clinic as soon a possible.

Can STDs Be Caught from Same Sex Partners?

Yes! STDs can be caught from a partner of the same-sex. "Having Sex" means where there is an exchange of body fluids between two people. This includes, giving or receiving oral or anal sex with either a man or woman, and vaginal sex with a woman. No erection is necessary to catch a STD, as most are highly contagious.

What Precautions Can I Take so as Not to Catch an STD?

1. Always use either a male or female condom if you think that your partner may be at risk of having caught a STD. Never use cheap condoms as they are usually prone to either break or burst.

2. Always use a condom with new partners, or partners that are sexually active with other people.

3. Avoid having sex with high risk partners or prostitutes.

4. Do not inject yourself with drugs, or share needles and syringes.

5. Avoid getting drunk or taking drugs, as you are more likely to take chances with sex.

Are There Any Long Term Effects from Catching STDs?

Catching a STD can result in long-term health problems for both the man and the woman alike. If a STD is either not treated soon after it is caught, or even not treated at all, then there may be a future risk of suffering some degree of problem with childbirth.

Philip Albert Edmonds-Hunt is from the County of Oxfordshire in the United Kingdom. He has travelled most of Europe, and he has lived in Spain on more than one occasion. Philip has also travelled much of the USA and now lives and works as a Freelance Writer and English Teacher in Mexico. He is the owner of "The Oxford Quill," a small but reliable business offering a range of services such as, "Professional Article Writing, 'Proofreading, and Website Design." If you would like to read more about STDs, check out:

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