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List of Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Here is a list of sexually transmitted diseases that you need to familiarize yourself with, to take precautions for not just yourself, but others as well. Learn about the different ways of how you can get infected, symptoms you'll experience and what preventive measures to take...
Sexually transmitted diseases, are a fast growing disease worldwide, especially in places like Africa and America, where millions get infected every year. We aren't aware of our partner's genetics, lifestyle or who they've been with in the past, that could have contracted the disease from other means. In today's world where sexual intercourse is not a safe practice anymore, we need to take on that responsibility and safeguard oneself, by first requesting him/her to go for an STD test as well expose oneself to sex education.

There are many precautionary methods that youngsters and adults ignore, and take lightly, but now is the time to think of what it could do to your body and your future. There are ways in which people can help themselves if they fall prey to these diseases, but acting fast is your ticket to treat the condition in time. The sexually transmitted diseases list, along with everything to do with them, will help you figure out how to cope with STD related situations.

Types of Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Here you'll find a list of sexually transmitted diseases, that go beyond the common types of STD names that you'd normally hear about.
  • Hepatitis B, D, A, C, E
  • Chlamydia Trachomatis
  • Sarcoptes Scabiei
  • Chancroid
  • Candida Albicans
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Genital Warts
  • Neisseria Gonorrhea
  • Herpes Virus 2 and Herpes Simplex (Genital Herpes)
  • Ureaplasma Urealyticum
  • Trichomoniasis
  • Syphilis
  • Granuloma Inguinale
  • Phthiriasis
  • Molluscum Contagiosum
  • Lymphogranuloma Venereum
  • Scabies
  • Jock Itch
  • Pubic Lice
  • Yeast infections
  • Human Papillomavirus
Symptoms of Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Mentioned here are the different ways in which one can spot the symptoms of a STD from the following list (some of them), that indicate that you've been infected by one.

• Gonorrhea
- One experiences extreme pain when urinating.
- Discharge from the penis/vagina.
- Signs of a pelvic inflammatory disease.
- Infertility in women.
- One may get Perihepatitis, which is Fitzhugh-Curtis Syndrome.
- Ectopic pregnancy, that is an abnormality in the position of an organ during birth.
(This when treated in time, can be surmounted by the use of antibiotics.)

• Chancroid
- Presence of painful ulcers on one's genitals.
(Disease can be confused with herpes/syphilis and can be treated with antibiotics.)

• Syphilis
- Symptoms aren't easily detectable and starts with an ulcer on the genital area, which in time goes away on its own (painless).
- Headache
- Rash
- Fever
- Achy joints

• Hepatitis
- Hepatitis B and D are contracted through sexual activities, although C, A and E are not often passed through sexual acts, but through blood contact.
- Hepatitis B can cause chronic and acute liver inflammation.
- Due to complications, liver cancer and cirrhosis can take place in a person.
(Very strong medication is used to treat this condition, although immune enhancing medicines are available to prevent hepatitis B.)

• Molluscum Contagiosum
- It is contagious in nature and can be transferred to others through skin contact.
- Raised papules on the skin.
(Can be treated with surgical removal or cryotherapy.)

• Pubic Lice/Crabs
- Crotch area develops an itchy sensation.
(This can also be contracted through bedding or clothing; can be treated with anti-lice agents, creams or combing.)

• Trichomonas
- Vaginal discharge/semen gives off a very strong odor, and is frothy in nature for women.
- Men will experience painful urination or ejaculation.
- Swelling in the scrotum.
(Can be treated with antiprotozoal or antibacterial medication.)

• Scabies
- Spreads through sexual and skin contact, or through furniture, sheets and other materials.
- Infestation caused by mites.
(Contagious in nature; can be treated with creams)

• Chlamydia
- Excess discharge from penis/vagina.
- Painful urination with burning sensation.
- Infertility and ectopic pregnancy in women.
(Can be transmitted through oral/anal/vaginal sexual acts; can be treated with antibiotics.)

• Lymphogranuloma Venereum
- Fistulas (pus discharge) is evident.
- Abscesses in the rectum, groin or other areas; can be treated with the use of antibiotics.

• Genital Warts
- Painless bumps present in the anal/genital area (clusters).
(Vaccinations are available with other treatments like 'freezing' or coating medicines on the warts.)

• HIV/AIDS
- Immune system breaks down.
- Coughs
- Night sweats
- Fever that stretches on for weeks.
- Headaches
- Weight loss
- Dementia
- Infections that arise.
(Spreads through sexual contact or sharing needles (IV kind/narcotics); no cure for the condition, but medication is available to slowdown the disease's advancement.)

Causes of Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Now that the sexually transmitted diseases list makes things a little clearer along with the symptoms, we move on to find out what causes these to sprout up when we least expect.
  • Sexual acts done through vaginal, oral or anal sex.
  • Having multiple sex partners in one's everyday life.
  • Having unprotected sex (not using a condom).
  • Sharing your underwear with your partner.
  • Needle pricks done intentionally/unintentionally in the use of drugs / by injury.
  • Having sexual intercourse while menstruating.
  • Sharing one's sexual toys with others.
  • Passing on the disease from mother to fetus.
  • Physical contact of any kind.
Prevention of Sexually Transmitted Diseases

There are ways for one to stay clear from the aforementioned sexually transmitted diseases list, by being cautionary in everyday activities.
  • Avoiding sex when one is menstruating.
  • Not sharing needles.
  • Avoiding unprotected sex; using condoms lessens your chances of contracting it, but doesn't cancel out on possibly getting it.
  • Stop sexual acts with many people at a time, and stick to just one partner that you can be sure is clean.
A sexually transmitted disease is not something one can easily cope with when it is at its peak stage, so be sure to always get yourself and others tested before coming into contact with them, sexually. Have yourself tested regularly, and go immediately to a doctor if your body projects symptoms of the same. Have a safe tomorrow.
By Naomi Sarah
Last Updated: 10/8/2011
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