Venereal diseases, or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), are infections that are passed from person to person through sexual contact. These diseases are caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses, and yeasts. There are currently more than 20 different types of STDs. They affect men and women, regardless of age, race, or religion. However, the health problems they can cause can be more severe in woman. If a woman has an STD during pregnancy, it can cause serious health problems for her unborn child. Some common types of STDs are: chlamydia, gonorrhea, genital herpes, HPV, HIV/AIDS, syphilis, and trichomoniasis.
Most STDs can be treated by antibiotics. These STDs are ones that are caused by bacteria, yeast, or parasites. There is no cure for an STD that is caused by a virus. Symptoms can be kept in check by medications in most cases. They can also help to keep the disease under control. To reduce your chances of contracting an STD, the correct usage of latex condoms is advised. This does not eliminate the risk of catching or spreading an STD though. The only way to completely erase your chances of contracting or spreading a STD is to abstain from sex.
Bacterial STDs include: chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. These are curable with antibiotics. Viral STDs include: genital herpes, HIV/AIDS, and genital warts. These are not curable, but can be managed with medications. Not all STDS are symptomatic. Symptoms may not appear directly after infection. Some STDs can be carried with no symptoms at all, which can lead to health problems, and the passage of the STD to other sexual partners. It is important to get tested regularly. If left untreated, some STDs can lead to infertility, chronic pain, or even death. Some vaccines can protect against certain STDs, such as Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and some types of HPV. To ensure maximum protection, vaccination before sexual contact is strongly advised.