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  1. What is hepatitis B

    What is hepatitis B
    Hepatitis B is an infectious disease that can be life-threatening under certain conditions. Responsible for the infection is the hepatitis B virus (HBV), which killed an estimated 887 000 people in 2015. The virus damages the liver cells, causing chronic inflammation. If left untreated, it can lead to liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma, a type of cancer arising from the cells of the liver. Today, there are preventive vaccines against HBV, that offer almost 100% protection and prevent an... → Continue reading
  2. Incubation Period of STDs

    Incubation Period of STDs
    It is important to keep in mind that symptoms are not always a good indicator of determining if you or your partner has an STD. The best time to get yourself tested for an STD varies greatly depending on the disease. Simply because you do not have any symptoms or signs after the STD incubation period has elapsed, does not mean that you do not have an STI; many cases are asymptomatic or have symptoms of other common illnesses such as flu. Protected sex does not nullify the transmission of all STDs. → Continue reading
  3. What is gonorrhea

    What is gonorrhea
    Gonorrhea is a commonly occurring STD, which is generally referred to as ‘the clap.’ Globally it is estimated that around 78 million new cases of gonorrhea are being diagnosed every year. Pelvic Inflammatory disease (PID) generally occurs in women if gonorrhea is left untreated, greatly affecting the fallopian tubes or the uterus. In men suffering from gonorrhea infection, complications include epididymitis which is an inflammation of the tubes that carry the sperm and in extreme cases can lead to infertility. → Continue reading
  4. Skin Rash and Sexually Transmitted Diseases

    Skin Rash and Sexually Transmitted Diseases
    An STD is a disease that spreads mainly through sexual contact. STDs are one of the most commonly spread diseases in the world. Not all diseases that affect the genitals are STDs. The most common STDs and their rashes that you should know about are: chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, scabies, herpes and trichomoniasis. If the redness or itchiness does not seem to reduce after a few days or if the lesions and bumps spread, it is imperative for you to seek a doctor and get proper diagnosis immediately. → Continue reading
  5. How Post-Exposure Prophylaxis Keeps Us Safe From STDs

    How Post-Exposure Prophylaxis Keeps Us Safe From STDs
    Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is the treatment given after being exposed to a harmful pathogen or substance. If you Google post-exposure prophylaxis, you will mainly read about this treatment in relation to HIV. Post-exposure prophylaxis is also used with rabies, the hepatitis viruses, Clostridium tetani (tetanus) and Anthrax. The goal of PEP is to prevent the sickness to develop after exposure, so before the person gets sick. The treatment does not work after the sickness has already manifested. The human... → Continue reading
  6. The Four Deadly Stages of Syphilis

    The Four Deadly Stages of Syphilis
    Syphilis is a well-known sexually transmitted disease. Patients with syphilis often experience symptoms that are also witnessed in other related diseases. Syphilis is caused by the pathogen Treponema pallidum, and can be spread through direct contact of a broken skin with an infectious lesion, especially through sexual activities. As far as the spread of syphilis is concerned, men are more susceptible to the disease than women. Men who have sex with men have the highest risk contracting syphilis. Teenagers... → Continue reading
  7. Penile Discharge Is A Quick Symptom Of An STD Infection

    Penile Discharge Is A Quick Symptom Of An STD Infection
    The penis is an external male organ that serves as both a copulation and urinary organ. STDs are linked to abnormal penile discharge. Do not manage any abnormal discharge on your own. Delaying treatment could make you worse off. In the United States, the most common STDs that could cause penile discharge are gonorrhea, chlamydia, mycoplasma species, and trichonomiasis. These STDs are health conditions that are products of the activities of certain bacteria that were contracted sexually. → Continue reading
  8. I have sores on my genitals after unprotected sex

    I have sores on my genitals after unprotected sex
    The idea of being infected with a sexually transmitted disease is something that most people fear, yet millions of people act in reckless behavior and decide to have unprotected sex. The World Health Organization ranks unprotected sexual activities as number two on the list of the health risk factors that causes the majority of disease-related burden throughout the world. A survey by the CDC found that about 46% of high school-aged students who had sex within the last three... → Continue reading
  9. Do I have the flu or an STD?

    Do I have the flu or an STD?
    Some types of sexually transmitted diseases and infections are known to be asymptomatic, particularly during the earlier stages of the transmission. While there may not be some of the more obvious signs like rashes appearing in certain areas of the body, some people might experience a reaction to the pathogens entering their bodies. In this article we take a more detailed look at a breakdown of what you might experience – and what STDs you may want to get tested for. → Continue reading
  10. How long can I live with HIV?

    How long can I live with HIV?
    Almost 1.1 million people living with HIV is estimated in the US alone. A recent study suggests that a person diagnosed with HIV at the age of 20, could add up to 43.3 years of life to their life expectancy. However, insufficient treatment or treatment noncompliance could be deadly quicker than expected. Treatment noncompliance or insufficiency may lead to stage 3 HIV or even AIDS. In stage 3 HIV, the immune system is exhausted and can no longer protect the individual against other pathogens. → Continue reading

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