There are several kinds of sexually-transmitted diseases or STDs that infect people nowadays. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 15 million people in the United States alone get infected with STDs every year, and a majority of them are between 15 and 24 years old.
Because of this alarming statistic, it is quite necessary to educate people with the various STDs and how to spot them, treat them, or better yet, prevent them. Knowing what these common STDs are and what harm they can do to our bodies will definitely help people realize that STDs are something to be taken seriously.
Chlamydia is a common sexually-transmitted disease that infects both males and females. A person who gets infected with Chlamydia will not manifest any symptom at first. He or she will be in that state for several days or weeks. Once the Chlamydia reaches the next stage, symptoms such as painful urination, strange discharge from the penis or vagina, or painful intercourse will happen.
Syphilis is another sexually-transmitted disease that does not show immediate symptoms upon first entrance to a person’s body. After some time, the symptoms start to show and may include painless sores on a person’s private parts, rashes on the skins, swollen glands, sore throat, fever, and hair loss.
Hepatitis may take between a month and nine months before it will exhibit symptoms. Some of its common symptoms are jaundice, fatigue, strange-colored feces, and more. It should be treated as soon as possible because some hepatitis types can inflict permanent damage to the liver.
HIV/AIDS are probably the most feared sexually-transmitted disease among all. I think the reason for this is that AIDS has no known cure as of this moment. A lot of people have died because of it, and it can creep up on you in the most discreet manner.
HIV/AIDS attack a person’s immune system, leaving them very susceptible to other infections and diseases. A person who is infected with HIV/AIDS will not be able to fight off these foreign and harmful viruses and bacteria because his or her immune system has been compromised.
AIDS patients usually start out with HIV and end up having the AIDS infection when they reach the last stage of HIV. Some of the symptoms of HIV/AIDS include coughing, weight loss, fever, fatigue, and much more.