Common STDs or sexually transmitted diseases might not be as common as colds but various STDs and the number of individuals who have them are already significant in number to be able to determine the top 3 common STDs. In this article is a brief description of the diseases along with their symptoms.
Syphilis or Syph, Bad Blood or Pox, is the first one. This disease is passed by direct contact with the sore. This is passed on by bacterial known as spirochetes that can get inside the body during sex. When getting inside the body, they go further to the internal organs and blood. Its incubation period is around ten days to three months and has an average of 21 days. The symptoms of this STD are sores, which usually manifests germs that already entered the body. The next is rashes, sore throat, loss of hair, and etc. These signs usually disappear in two to four weeks. If it is left untreated, the symptoms might redevelop in the future.
Gonorrhea also known as GC, Clap, and Grip is the next common STD. This is passed through direct contact with the infected mucous membranes such as the mouth, anus, or genitals of a person. Contaminated hands can pass the bacteria to the eyes as well. In other cases, there are no symptoms. However, those who have experienced the symptoms may include burning sensation during urination and pus discharges for men due to infection of urethra, while vaginal discharge among women. Complications can also be acquired from this disease and they are skin rashes, kidney damage, heart damage, meningitis, blindness, arthritis, sterility, pelvic inflammatory disease, and so on.
HIV or AIDS. HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus and AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency. This disease is originated in Africa, and then dispersed to the Caribbean Islands. In 1981, it was reported in the USA, and was later on reported to other countries. This STD spread very fast that is soon happen in epidemic proportions in some countries. The case of this STD is pandemic. This STD is transmitted in several modes. They may be passed on by sexual activity, contaminated tools like razor blades, nippers, needles, and syringes, blood transfusion, direct contact with an open wound with contaminated blood, body fluids, vaginal discharge, and semen. Symptoms of this STD include skin cancer, tuberculosis, persistent diarrhea, malaise, unknown fever, weight loss, loss of appetite. In early stage, an individual with disease may experience loss of libido, loss of concentration, psychomotor retardation, apathy, and withdrawal.
Prevention is better than cure and it is one of the best allies against these diseases. Knowledge about these common STDs is one of the best measures that one could ever take as precaution. The next thing to do is to get tested to make sure that you are not carrying one of these diseases.