Sexually Transmitted Diseases are the most common infectious diseases caused by the micro organisms and spread through any type of sexual activity, involving the sex organs. These diseases are also termed as sexually Transmitted Infections.
Most Sexually Transmitted Diseases affect both men and women, but in many cases the health problems could be more severe for women. A pregnant mother can pass on the infections to her baby. The infection could be caused by bacteria/parasite or virus.
General symptoms of Sexually Transmitted Diseases:
- Vaginal discharge. In case of men, discharge from the penis
- Itching around the Vagina
- Pain during sexual intercourse or in the pelvic area
- Sore throat
- Pain in or around the anus
- Pain while urinating
- Painless red sores on the genital area, tongue, anus or throat
- Blisters in the genital area that turn into scabs
- Rash on the palms or soles
- Unexplained fatigue and weight loss
- Frequent fever and body ache
- Dark urine, loose, light colored stool and yellow eyes and skin
- Soft, flesh colored warts around the genital area
One should always look for signs of a Sexually Transmitted Infection in his/her sex partner. Since Sexually Transmitted Diseases do not always cause visible symptoms, you should always take preventive measures before hand. Use of latex condoms in case of men and female condoms in case of women could avoid spreading of infections. However, female condoms are not as effective in preventing Sexually Transmitted Diseases as male condoms are.
You should always wash your genitals and the surrounding areas with special cleansers and water and always urinate soon after you have a sexual intercourse. This would clear away some infection causing micro organisms before they can infect you. You should also be cautious about using injections at medical centers. Always check if the syringes are sterilized. This is because; Sexually Transmitted Infections could also infect you by using infected syringes. A little precaution could help you to avoid such dreadful diseases to affect you in the long run.