Pregnancy is not the only thing to be concerned about after having sex. STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) and STIs (sexually transmitted infections) are common. Some can be cured. Some cannot. Many have lifelong effects. The CDC estimates that nearly 20 million new STIs occur every year in the US, half among young people ages 15-24. There are at least 25 known STDs in the world today, these are the most commonly occurring today.
HPV (human papillomavirus) is the primary cause of cervical cancer. At least 50 percent of sexually active men and women acquire a genital HPV infection at some point in their lives. Most HPV infections have no signs or symptoms; therefore, most infected people are unaware they are infected, yet they can transmit the virus to a sex partner.
Chlamydia is the most frequently reported bacterial sexually transmitted disease in the United States. Any sexually active person can be infected with Chlamydia. The greater the number of sex partners, the greater the risk of infection. Because the cervix of teenage girls and young women is not fully matured, they are at particularly high risk for infection.
Gonorrhea symptoms in women are often mild, but most women who are infected have no symptoms. Even when a woman has symptoms, they can be mistaken for a bladder or vaginal infection. Untreated Gonorrhea can cause serious and permanent health problems.
Syphilis symptoms progress in three stages. Stage 1: you may notice painless sores that may last 3-6 weeks and then disappear. Stage 2: you may have a low grade fever, sore throat, rashes and muscle pain. Stage 3: causes severe and irreversible damage to the body and may lead to death. Syphilis is treated with antibiotics. However, damage already caused by this disease cannot be undone and may result in death.
There are still over 1 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States and about one-fourth of those have not yet been diagnosed and are unaware of their infection.
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STDs / STIs
Things to think about regarding STD/STIs...
STDs are very common and serious. They often do not cause any symptoms. Many people have one and never know it and suffer the consequences in the future.
Are you experiencing common symptoms such as burning during urination, discharge from the penis or vagina, itching, sores on the genitals, vaginal bleeding or pain with vaginal sex, pain in the lower abdomen, or pain in the testicles?
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