Are There Other Sexually Transmitted Problems?

The sexually transmitted diseases have been around for many centuries. Some have been more active during certain periods in history; others have been a constant problem. If you don't see your symptoms in the other sections, this may be a place to find what you may have contracted.

 

Chancroid

 

Looking similar to the herpes blisters, this is a disease caused by a microbe that is on the decline worldwide, but does still occur in outbreaks. There is no effective test for this disease, so ruling out either syphilis or herpes is one of the best ways to be more certain that this is the infection you have.

 

Like herpes, the blister appear, and weep fluid. Unlike herpes, these are tender or slightly painful. They also leave openings in your skin where other STDs can take hold.

 

Treatment is by antimicrobial, which is normally successful. However, in a few cases, scarring where the blisters occur is possible if left untreated for a long time. You can pass this on to your partner fairly easily. There is also the possibility of the specific microb you are infected with being resistant to the treatment, and you should be re-tested within a week after starting the medication.

 

Lymphogranuloma Venereum (LGV)

 

This disease sneaks into your lymph nodes, now believed to have a huge influence on your immune system. This will cause tenderness and swelling of the lymph nodes, easily felt in the gentials and possibily the neck as well, and normally showing on both sides of the body.

 

If you become infected, you may have constipation, or small blisters near the anus or genitals. You will need to rule out syphilis as a cause first, and then treatment can begin.

 

The normal course of treatment is a series of antibiotics. Larger blisters may need to be drained, simply to prevent other diseases from taking hold.

 

Mycoplasma genitalium

 

First identified in the early 1980's, this bacteria is a leading cause of penis irritation in men. Less common that trich, it still is a problem, and often is found alongside trich, and may be the only bacteria seen.

 

This is a slow-growing one: even lab cultures can take up to six months for it to grow. Found in the cervix and vagina of women, this is suspected as another cause of pelvic inflammatory disease.  The bacteria is one that is building resistance to many of the treatments, and no real effective cure has been approved at this time.

 

Crabs

 

These are actually lice that have made their home in the public and anal hairs, as well as being found in eyebrows, mustaches, beards, and armpit hairs. They have a crab-like appearance, hence their common nickname. These lice do not live off pets, and there are over-the-counter and prescription treatments available.

 

Scabies

 

Spread by prolonged skin-to-skin contact, these mites burrow under the skin to live and lay eggs. A pimple-like rash and intense itching are the common symptoms. These symptoms don't show up for the first two weeks to two months, but you can still pass them to others. Treatment is available from your doctor, but ALL bedding, clothing, and any other cloth should be washed in hot water and dried in a hot dryer; dry-cleaned; or bagged in plastic for a minimum of 72 hours. This is the normal amount of time that the mites can live without skin contact.