Diseases which develop as the result of viral infections contracted via sexual contact or intercourse are typically known as sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs. These infections start to be referred to as diseases when they begin to display symptoms. Before the occurrence of these symptoms, STDs are called sexually transmitted infections, or STIs. Most sexually transmitted infections present without symptoms, however, and in some instances, symptoms can present months or even years following the contraction of the disease. Several STDs and STIs can be effectively treated. Unfortunately, a great number of infections can cause very serious complications and could even be fatal if not addressed.
There are a multitude of documented STDs. Throughout the world they are common among a variety of demographics. Over 50% of all residents in America will contract an STI or STD at least one time in their life. Types of STDs include:
STDs can indeed be prevented when a person keeps him or herself safe by utilizing safe sex practices and avoiding risky behaviors, like drug use, which could increase the danger of contracting an STI. These techniques and habits help people to significantly lessen the chance of becoming infected by an STI or STD. If an individual has been involved any activity which has put her or him at risk, he or she should come into the office to be tested. If positive, the patient can receive the appropriate treatment and be educated on how to stop the spread of the STD. Typically, treatments will entail the use of medication, in most cases an antibiotic. In particular situations, the infection or disease will not be curable and managing the condition will be the ultimate goal.
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