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Sexually transmitted diseases guide


Since STD's are something that we must deal with and protect ourselves from in society, it is important that you know as much about them as possible. Even though you may think that this is something that only happens to other people who are not careful, you could just as easily be a victim. There are far too many people who just don't know nearly enough about the way these diseases are transmitted, and what they can do to avoid getting one.


We will start off by examining some of the more common stds out there, such as HIV/AIDS. The important thing to realize is that HIV and AIDS are two different conditions. HIV is the virus that initially infects the body when transmitted by way of blood, semen, vaginal secretions, or breast milk. It is called AIDS when the body's immune system can no longer fight off the virus. There is currently no cure for it, only treatments. To avoid getting this dreaded infectious disease, you can protect yourself by using condoms if you are a man or a vaginal ring for women when engaging in any type of sexual activity whatsoever.


The second common std that we will discuss is chlamydia. This is an std that is quite common among younger people who are promiscuous and have sex with multiple partners. The type of bacteria you are infected with when you get this std is called chlamydia trachomatis, and it is considered to be an infection. One of the scariest things about these types of std's is that you may not show any symptoms at all if you have it, until it is too late to treat. Some noticeable symptoms include pain while having sex, a burning sensation, and unusual discharge from the penis or vagina.


The last std that we will cover is called gonorrhea, and effects the tissues in the reproductive system of the individual who is infected. Gone untreated, it can be a very serious condition that can effect a man or woman's ability to conceive children. One of the most common mistakes made by people is confusing gonorrhea with chlamydia, because the symptoms tend to be so similar. Although there is a treatment for this infection, you can avoid it all together by protecting yourself whenever having sex, as well as limiting the number of sexual partners you have.