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  1. Is My Rash a Symptom of HIV or Something Else?

    Is My Rash a Symptom of HIV or Something Else?
    When a person is infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), a plethora of symptoms such as flu and feverish feelings become evident. However, the earliest symptom of HIV are rashes or lesions on the body of the patient. The HIV rash symptom usually appears flat or barely raised with small reddish dots or spots in light-skinned people, and black or dark purple color, in dark-skinned people. Rashes that are associate with HIV rash are: atopic dermatitis, xerosis, eosinophilic folliculitis and warts. → Continue reading
  2. The 13 symptoms of HIV

    The 13 symptoms of HIV
    At the onset of HIV infection, at least 90% of people infected with HIV will start experiencing symptoms that will tell them something is wrong with their body. If you know you are at risk of possibly having any sexually transmitted disease, this is the right time to get checked. 40% to 90% of people who contract HIV, experience flu-like symptoms known as acute retroviral syndrome (ARS) a month or two after HIV entered the body. However, in many... → Continue reading
  3. Symptoms and STDs

    Symptoms and STDs
    Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections you can get from vaginal, anal, or oral sex. People refer to them as sexually transmitted infections (STIs) too. Some are transmissible through non-penetrative sex, as well, such as genito-genital frottage or genital rubbing. You may acquire an STD whether you're a straight or gay individual, and regardless of being married or not. Also, using a condom doesn't provide you with exclusive protection against STIs, even when you use it properly and responsibly... → Continue reading
  4. What Are The Four Stages Of HIV?

    What Are The Four Stages Of HIV?
    HIV has two types : HIV-1 and HIV-2. HIV-1 is the responsible pathogen in 95% of HIV infections. HIV-2 is less infectious and is mostly present in West Africa. Anyone who is infected with HIV will go through 4 stages. The first stage is known as the incubation period. No noticeable signs or symptoms are experienced during this period. This stage can last from a few months to several years. In most cases, after 3 months, enough antibodies are present and an HIV test kit can diagnose whether the patient is infected. → Continue reading
  5. Can you get oral gonorrhea through kissing?

    Can you get oral gonorrhea through kissing?
    What STD can you get from kissing? Kissing your partner is one of the most fundamental things in a modern relationship. Can you kiss someone with oral gonorrhea? You can, but you better don't. It is crucial to know that the infection might appear as a typical sore throat, accompanied by fever and swollen lymph nodes. Therefore, it is hard to distinguish between oral gonorrhea and a strep throat, especially when you rely exclusively on your symptoms. Not being sexually active doesn't entirely protect you from STDs. → Continue reading
  6. What is syphilis

    What is syphilis
    Syphilis is a sexually-transmitted infectious disease caused by the bacterium Treponema pallidum. Epidemiologically speaking, syphilis affects an estimated 6 million people annually. Even though syphilis is curable and early identifiable, according to the World Health Organization, it continues causing high levels of mortality and morbidity. Syphilis is detectable through a syphilis test, which establishes the diagnosis together with some of the most prominent clinical symptoms and signs. Regardless of the continuous medical updates on syphilis, this sexually transmitted infection... → Continue reading
  7. What is hepatitis C

    What is hepatitis C
    Hepatitis C or Hep C is a liver infection caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). In the community, infected carriers refer to it as the sleeping dragon, because of its high potential to prove fatal, even years after the primary infection. Hepatitis C can last for a few weeks to months or transform into a chronic and fatal illness. Acute hepatitis C refers to a new infection that usually lasts for 6 months. Acute hepatitis C will most probably be asymptomatic. Early detection by testing could be lifesaving. → Continue reading
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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

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