Common STD’s in Men
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- Human Papillomavirus HPV
Statistically, every sexually active man or woman contracts this STD at least ones in a lifetime. It is the most common infection in both men and women. HPV manifests differently. In some people, the infection is barely noticed, and no health threats are experienced. However, in some people, HPV can become severe and cause diseases like cancers and genital warts. The disease has no cure, but it has a vaccine to prevent you from contracting it.
Chlamydia is quite common but also rarely noticed in men; can go unrealized for as long as a lifetime. This is because, apart from fever and a little pain, it does not cause significant effects or health problems. It cannot also prevent a man from reproducing. Some of the most commonly experienced symptoms are burning sensation when urinating, swelling in the testicles and discharge from the penis.
- Genital Herpes
This STD is slightly more common in women than men, and it affects mostly individuals of 25 years and below. Genital herpes can be contracted through having vaginal, oral and anal sex with an infected person, and this can happen even if he/she does not display any visible symptoms. There is no cure or vaccine for Genital Herpes.
According to CDC, there is an estimate of 820,000 new gonorrhea infections each year in the United States. It is a pretty common STD in both women and men, and like most infections, it affects mostly youths of the age of 20 and below. Some of the symptoms of gonorrhea are green, white or yellow urethral discharge appearing within the first fourteen days of infection and scrotal pain (especially when there are complications like epididymitis). Luckily, antibiotics can be used to treat this STD.
Syphilis is most common in homosexual men. It has four different stages: the primary stage there may be the presence of tiny sores on the genitals, secondary stage entails developing rashes all over the body. In the third stage, the infection will cause damage to the brain, nerves, blood vessels, heart, and the eyes. The last phase involves paralysis, numbness, dementia, and difficulty in muscle coordination.
Trichomoniasis is also not easily noticed as it does not show signs and symptoms in its early stages. However, in later stages, the STD can result in urethritis, accompanied by discharge from urethra and itching on the genital areas. Fortunately, it can be cured by the use of antibiotics like tinidazole or metronidazole.