If you roll in the hey often and like a rapid change of partners, you may be leaving yourself open to quite a few dangers. As a matter of fact, you are probably not very aware of these dangers. Yet you never really think about it twice when the blood is boiling and everything is ardent. You go at it with everything you have. Penis, vagina, mouth. Nothing is left unused. And then one day, you wake up with reddish marks around your ass, your vagina or your penis. That’s what has been causing all this scratching of my itchy crotch, you think to yourself. Or, you look at yourself in the mirror when brushing your teeth in the morning and you have blisters on your lips. Opening your mouth you discover more! Well my friend, it’s probably time to find out about the various symptoms STD. Cause you most likely have just that. A sexually transmitted disease!

Here, you’ll find a list of the most common ones that affect the greatest part of the human population. You will see what their symptoms are, if there are any and you will get an understanding of what’s ailing you. You will be told what will happen if you don’t take care of the problem and how you can do that. So, have a read and spot your STD so you know what you have and learn how to get rid of it.

Human Papilomavirus (HPV)

Throat warts caused by HPV.
Throat warts caused by HPV

The Human Papilomavirus (HPV) are pinkish or flesh colored genital warts and can appear without necessarily having sex but can be transmitted by simple skin contact. They are generally harmless but some may cause cervical or anal cancer while protection can be achieved for some of the most dangerous types with vaccines. If you have contracted HPV you may not have any syndromes and you will most likely not know that you even went through it. Nevertheless, there are about 40 types that will enter the body and befriend its mucus membranes. Even then, not all 40 will cause serious problems but HPV 16 and 18 are the reason for cervical cancer 70% of the times.

Pubic lice (crabs)

Pubic lice in the abdomen.
Pubic lice in the abdomen

Pubic lice, otherwise known as crabs can go from pubic hair of one person to another if there is close contact. They cause itching while they can be identified as they can be seen crawling or by the presence of very minuscule eggs on pubic hair. If you have crabs, get yourself an over the counter lotion or shampoo and follow instructions. While the shampoo will kill the lice, the eggs will remain on hair shafts and you will need a fine-toothed comb to remove them. To prevent them from spreading, check all family members and treat anyone who has slept in the same bed as you and wash all linen, clothes and towels with hot water.

Scabies (Sarcoptes Svabiei)

Scabies on the hand.
Scabies on the hand

Scabies, though not necessarily transmitted sexually, can spread by simple skin contact. They are parasites that dig into human skin to lay their eggs. They cause itching, mostly at night and show up as a rash and should be combated with prescription creams. Symptoms may not appear immediately as they take anywhere from two to six weeks to materialize.

Syphilis

Syphilis is also known as the great imitator because you may have symptoms similar to other diseases. Most people are not aware of what syphilis actually is and how elusive it can be to notice at an early stage. Be aware that syphilis develops in four stages.

At first, a small sore will appear, round and probably painless. This sore is known as a chancre and it will appear 10 to 90 days after contact, on the point of transmition of the infection, usually on the genitals, lips or mouth and of course, the anus. There may be more sores which will disappear by itself, without any treatment but the disease will remain!

Syphilis lesions on the back.
Syphilis lesions on the back

Secondary syphilis is a later stage which begins about 3 to 6 weeks after the sore appeared. You will see rashes, the size of a penny or a 10 cent Euro coin, red-brown in color, on your soles and palms as well as on various other parts of the body. You could also see moist warts on your genitals or butt area as well as sores on the mouth and throat. Fatigue, swollen glands, fever or hair loss are other symptoms that you will probably feel at this stage. Just when your sure something is definitely not right with you, the disease becomes more deceptive. Suddenly, all symptoms may disappear without having been treated. Or they me coming and going for a year. If you still haven´t gone to the doctor, now is a good time to do it. You do have a disease and it hasn’t gone away!

You have entered the latent phase of the disease. You could not have any symptoms but you are sick. This is also known as the hidden stage and from here on, you may never have symptoms again but you are still sick. You are infected and as such, can spread the disease to others and therefore you MUST be treated with antibiotics. Here’s what can happen in the fourth stage of the disease: you may never enter it or you may enter the tertiary stage.

This is the stage of the disease where you are seriously ill and have vital organs affected. At this phase the bacteria has entered the bloodstream and has gone to all your body-parts. Depending on the organs affected, you may be feeling numbness o you may lose your coordination and you may suffer dementia, blindness and even paralysis!

Chlamydia

Chlamydia on the penis.
Chlamydia on the penis

If you live in the United States it is very possible that you have had or actually have chlamydia as it often goes undetected because of dubious or nonexistent symptoms. It nevertheless is the nation’s most frequently detected STD but which luckily, can be easily treated with antibiotics. It is accompanied by itching, discharge and painful urination in both men and women while sex can be painful, mostly for females. If chlamydia is not attended to, it can lead to infertility, can infect the throat and rectum and raises your chances of contracting gonorrhea or other sexually transmitted disease. As the common rule goes, it is better to be tested regularly, especially if you have a rapid change of sex partners.

Gonorrhea

Gonococcal ophthalmia neonatorum will develop in 28% of infants born to women with gonorrhea.
Gonococcal ophthalmia neonatorum will develop in 28% of infants born to women with gonorrhea

Like chlamydia, gonorrhea, commonly known as the clap, is an infection that can spread easily and is treated with antibiotics while having it makes you more vulnerable to other STD. Again, it can be difficult to identify as many times there are no symptoms at an early stage and in women can be mistaken for a vaginal infection. Both men and women have discharges from their sexual organs and it may be accompanied by a burning sensation when urinating. As in chlamydia, if it is not treated, can lead to infertility or may affect the infant and can cause skin rashes and spread to the blood as well as affect the joints.

Pelvic Inflamatory Disease (PID)

When Sexually Transmitted Diseases are not treated, women may experience some pretty unwanted complications that can harm her fertility, if not treated on time. Pelvic Inflamatory Disease (PID) is serious and is more commonly seen in untreated Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. It is characterized by an infected uterus and reproductive organs of a woman by the proliferation of bacteria. A nasty disease that many times appears without any warning, it causes pain of the lower abdomen, abnormal vaginal secretion of fluids, spots and pain while urinating and having sex.

Trichomoniasis

Trichomoniasis is a lady’s parasite which spreads through sexual intercourse. It can spread to both men and women but it is in the later gender where it makes its presence more obvious. While hardly noticeable in men, with a few individuals experiencing a modest burning sensation wile urinating and maybe some light discharges, its female victims may experience vaginal releases of a yellow-greenish fluid with a staunch smell, itching and pain when having sex and peeing. The first symptoms may appear anywhere from 5 to 28 days after infection and should then be cured with prescription medication.

Lymphogranuloma Venereum (LGV)

Inflamed genital lymph glands.
Inflamed genital lymph glands

Although not so common in the US, LGV or Lymphogranuloma Venereum is seen more and more in homosexual men. It is a form of Chlamydia that when contracted may cause fatigue, headaches and fever, with open sores on the anus or penis and inflamed genital lymph glands. As with other types of chlamydia, it is treated and cured with the implementation of antibiotics.

Chancroid

This bacterial infection is also rarely seen in the United States and is mostly found in developing African nations, the Caribbean and Southwest Asia. That means that if you travel or are in contact with people that have traveled to these parts of the world, you should know about chancroid and use protection.

Chancroid ulcer on the penis.
Chancroid ulcer on the penis

Haemophilus ducreyi is the bacteria that attacks your genital area and it produces open sores that are also called ulcers. These ulcers can bleed or produce contagious secretions that can infect you if you practice oral, vaginal or anal sex. It can however, be also transmitted with skin to skin contact.

Symptoms are similar to other STD, especially those of syphilis. They include variously sized ulcers of around 2 inches or 50 millimeters, yellow-grayish in color with defined edges that probably bleed when touched. You could not enjoy sex very much as it may be painful, especially if you’re a woman and your groin will swell. Skin could break by swollen lymph nodes which leads to the formation of large boils filled with pus which may need to be drained by needle or surgery to reduce swelling. Of course, you will have previously been administered antibiotics to decrease the possibility of scarring as the boils or abscesses break open. Not very nice so be careful!

Herpes

HSV-1 or herpes simplex virus is a type of herpes that usually appears on the lips but can be transmitted to the genitals through oral sex or contact. It is not considered a sexually transmitted disease and is easily spread within family members through kissing. It is treated with drugs to hinder outbreaks but there is no known cure.

HSV-2 is a genital herpes that is very contagious and spreads through sexual intercourse or contact with the sore. Blisters filled with liquid form painful sores on genitals, anus, butt and thighs and can spread to the lips if contacted orally. Again, there is no cure but when treated with antiviral medication, helps in less frequent outbreaks and can make symptoms disappear quicker.

Genital herpes.
Genital herpes

Herpes spreads easily and if you have it, you should watch out. Take medication which can reduce the risk of transmission and use condoms for genital herpes and dental dams if you have herpes on your lips or mouth. Inform your partner and avoid contact with the sores. Use alternative sex methods for variety, as anyone else. Keep in mind that you can have sex between outbreaks but it doesn’t mean that your partner will not be infected. There are no guarantees so inform your partner of the risks involved.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is not commonly considered to be a sexually transmitted disease but as it is transmitted through blood and other bodily fluids, it can obviously be conveyed through copulation. In general, it can spread through any instrument that comes in contact with infected blood or fluids and causes the skin to acquire a yellow tint, giving a sense of fatigue, nausea, peeing dark colored urine and in intense infections, can affect the eyes. It can lead to cirrhosis and cancer of the liver and symptoms can be present for years. Though there is no cure for hepatitis B, there exists a very effective vaccine that helps in its prevention. This is a serious disease so treat it like one. It should be closely followed and medical care should be sought.

HIV and AIDS

HIV infection can occur at birth from an infected mother, shared needles and obviously, sexual intercourse. There may be no symptoms for many years but some people experience a sensation of having the flu, like headaches, fever and swollen glands, a couple of months after they have been infected. Your best bet to detect infection is through a blood test and it is very important to begin treatment at an early stage to avoid serious illness and the development of the HIV virus into AIDS. The virus attacks your body’s defenses, weakening the system and as is well-known, can lead to death. It is important to mention that although there are tests that can detect the virus that can be administered in a clinic or at home, there is an approximate six-month period when the virus may not be detected while you can still infect others and they, you. There is no cure for the disease but “cocktails” or combinations of medications can deter the virus from multiplying and evolving into AIDS.

Taking Care of Yourself and your Partner

If you are a virgin and are just “fooling around”, don’t think that you are exempt from sexually transmitted diseases. This is definitely not true since many STD are transmitted by simple contact. So, while there may be no penetration and simple stroking is involved, it is very possible to pick something up while exploring your partner’s genitals or by simply kissing each other.

Simple logic says that being celibate is a surefire way of staying healthy. But if your young and horny, why on Earth would you want to do that? You probably would be better off if you asked tour partner if he or she has an STD, use protection such as condoms when having intercourse and dental dams when practicing oral sex. Many say it’s not as fun but it certainly wouldn’t be so enjoyable to contract something that would leave your precious organ blistered, clammy in pain and of course, off limits to sexual pleasure. Still, even using a condom may not be enough since infections of the likes of syphilis, herpes and genital worts may be present in parts of uncovered genital area, not to mention crabs and scabies that a condom offers no protection against. It’s a good idea to be conscious of who you go to bed with and have yourself tested often enough to not become a menace in bed. If your more of a one partner sort of person and you track your sexual stigma, ask your partner to test themselves also, thus avoiding unnecessary danger. Remember, health and pleasure should walk hand in hand.

If you discover that you have a sexually transmitted disease, don’t leave your partner in the dark. That is definitely not cool. Just think if your companion didn’t warn you about an STD he/she were “carrying around” and just continued to have sex with you. How would that make you feel? Even if you have been treated and are free of your disease now, you may have already passed it on to him/her, risking the chance of getting it back again from a new contamination. It will be uncomfortable to talk about it since it will most likely involve infidelity but it must be understood as an obligation of any sexually responsible person.

Another obligation is to your baby. If you’re pregnant and have an STD, there is a good chance of passing it on to your offspring and your child can be born with a variety of problems such as disease of the liver, problems of the nervous system and blindness among other things. Be aware that there is medication to treat or even cure your STD so don’t take risks and follow your doctor’s orders!

Always be aware that you can only roll in the hey healthy. The only way to do that is to stop, take a breath and give yourself some time to think before developing symptoms STD or an itchy crotch. Yes, that vagina looks delicious and that penis can be sucked all night, but should it? Think!

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