Sexually transmitted diseases or STDs are infection that generally can be acquired through having sexual contact with someone who has active infection. The causes of infection involve various parasites, bacteria and viruses.
Men and women are equally affected with STD but in most cases women have more severe health problems than those of men. Babies born from an STD-infected mother usually have serious health problems.
No matter what social status you have, gender or marital status, you are predisposed to STDs if you have been involved in sex.
It is important that you educate yourself with the STD symptoms for early detection of infection in order for you to have immediate treatment. Diagnosis of STD is also important so that you can notify any partner that you may have in order for them to get evaluation and treatment. This way further spread of the disease is prevented.
However, it is important that STD symptoms may not be apparent. You could have infection and still appear healthy and asymptomatic. This happens with a lot of STDs, which you could only detect once the infection has already gone worse. This is also the reason why you need to have regular STD screening to detect infection.
Generally, STD symptoms involve
Genital discharge with varying color and odor depending on the causing agent,
Painful or frequent urination,
Genital itching or irritation,
Rashes and lesions on the genital area, anus and even on the thigh
Bleeding during intercourse (particularly for women)
These are just some of the known STD symptoms. If you suspect that you have the above symptoms, you should contact your doctor right away. Timely diagnosis and treatment are important to prevent the infection from getting worst. Remember, STDs can be life threatening and only proper diagnosis and treatment can prevent this from happening.