STDs, or sexually-transmitted diseases, are quite common these days. They can strike both men and women, young and old. They can trigger so many different signs and symptoms that can bring about pain and discomfort. Because of their tragic nature, it is important that we protect ourselves from them.

sickmanAccording to medical studies, almost seventy million people in the United States are suffering from STDs, and those that are between the ages of sixteen and twenty-six are the ones that are at risk the most.

A lot of people are not so aware of what STDs are, their symptoms, their means of transmission, and so on. This ignorance has resulted in negative events that are sometimes difficult to fix. Therefore, it is necessary that we get ourselves well-informed on the many STDs and their common symptoms.

The following are some common oral STDs today and their usual warning signs:

Herpes is one of today’s most common oral sexually transmitted diseases. It is passed on by means of close contact with the mucus covered linings of the oral, vaginal or genital skin. The typical herpes signs and symptoms are made up of ---- red-colored open blisters on the genitals and in the mouth region; pain or itching around the genital region, inner thighs, or butt; sore lymph nodes in the groin region; fever; and severe or light headaches.

Next, we have syphilis, a bacterial infection which can be conveniently transferred by oral sex. The usual signs and symptoms of syphilis are ---- small, painful sores on the afflicted spot like genital area, butt, tongue or lips; enlarged and inflamed lymph nodes; fever and headaches; reddish skin rashes and small reddish brown colored sores in all sections of the body; and sore throat.

There is also gonorrhea, which is among the original STDs that could be transmitted through oral, vaginal or anal sex. Gonorrhea’s common signs and symptoms include --- pain during sexual intercourse; pain and swelling of the genitals; burning or irritation in the genital areas; dense, cloudy or bloody secretion from the penis or vagina; and frequent and painful urination.

Everybody must watch out for these symptoms and use them as signs to get tested for STDs right away. Diagnosing the STD early on can save you from the critical complications that may arise in the long run.