3 Common Sexually Transmitted Diseases in the community
Sexual Health – STI/STD
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are passed from one person to another through unprotected sex or genital contact. You can be tested for STIs at a sexual health clinic, genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinic or GP surgery.
Chlamydia is one of the most common STIs in the UK and is easily passed on during sex. Many people will not experience any symptoms so are unaware they are infected. In women, chlamydia can cause pain or a burning sensation when urinating, a vaginal discharge, pain in the lower abdomen during or after sex, and bleeding during or after sex, or between periods. In men, chlamydia can cause pain or a burning sensation when urinating, a white, cloudy or watery discharge from the tip of the penis, and pain or tenderness in the testicles. It is possible to have chlamydia in your rectum, throat or eyes.
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Genital Warts –
Genital warts are small fleshy growths, bumps or skin changes that appear on or around the genital or anal area. Genital warts are the result of a viral skin infection caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). They are usually painless and do not pose a serious threat to health. There is no evidence that your fertility will be affected by genital warts.
Genital Herpes –
Genital herpes is a common infection caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). It causes painful blisters on the genitals and the surrounding areas. As genital herpes can be passed to others through intimate sexual contact, it’s often referred to as a sexually transmitted infection (STI). HSV can affect any mucous membrane (moist lining), such as those found in the mouth (cold sores). Genital herpes is a long-term condition. The virus will remain in your body and can become active again. The average rate of recurrence is four to five times in the first two years after being infected. However, over time, it tends to becomes active less frequently and each outbreak becomes less severe.
Anyone who is sexually active can catch STI’s, especially people who change sexual partners frequently or don’t use a barrier method of contraception, such as a condom, when having sex. To prevent yourself from STI’s it is important to protect yourself with condoms and other barrier safe methods.
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