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Careful where you stick that!
Careful where you stick that!
Be informed, get educated and be smart.
Condoms are great and everyone should pack them and use them. Ladies you should have them too as your guy may not be as responsible as he should. If you are going to have sex with more than one person outside a monogamous relationship protect yourself, your partners, and the village.
Okay, I admit it, this may not be a popular topic. However, as I work in the health care field, I want to share some information. The number of people who die from hepatitis is greater than AIDS. Hepatitis C is very damaging to the liver. It is spread through contact with blood or body fluids that contain the virus. Compared to HIV a smaller amount of blood is required to transmit Hepatitis. It is debatable if it is spread by oral sex. Hepatitis A which you hear about the most is spread by fecal matter usually food handlers that did not wash their hands after going to the bathroom.
Chlamydia is a bacterial STD and one of the three most common STDs.
Symptoms appear from several days to weeks after contact.
In women symptoms include:
increased discharge which may be colorless and odorless pain with intercourse on deep penetration and/or bleeding after intercourse
burning with urination
80%-90% OF WOMEN HAVE NO SYMPTOMS
Men should look for the following symptoms:
penile discharge burning with urination/frequent or urgent urination itching at the end of the penile opening 25% OF MEN HAVE NO SYMPTOMS
Chlamydia is successfully treated with antibiotics.
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease is an infection of the upper reproductive tract in women (cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries). It is caused by a variety of sexually transmitted organisms, including gonorrhea and chlamydia.
abdominal, cervical and/or uterine pain fever
pus-like vaginal discharge
PID is treated using antibiotics.
Vaginitis refers to a bacterial infection or inflammation of the vagina. While men do not display the symptoms, they can transmit the infections.
yellow to gray-green discharge with a "fishy" smell pain on urination vaginal itching
Vaginitis is treated by both partners taking a prescribed medication (Flagyl).
Trichomonas is a vaginal infection caused by a one-celled organism. The organism can live for a few hours outside the body, and can be transmitted through shared towels, bathing suits, etc.
frothy thin, gray or greenish-white vaginal discharge itching and redness in the vaginal area
pain on urination As in the case of vaginitis, treatment is accomplished by both partners taking Flagyl.
Gonorrhea is a bacterial STD, transmitted to/from another person through either genital, oral or anal contact. Symptoms appear 2 to 21 days after contact an infected individual.
In women symptoms include:
thick, pus-like discharge vaginal soreness
painful, burning sensation upon urination bleeding after intercourse
UP TO 80% OF WOMEN EXPERIENCE NO SYMPTOMS
thick, cloudy, foul-smelling penile discharge
painful, burning sensation upon urination
testicular or abdominal pain
Gonorrhea is treated with an injection of antibiotics.
Syphilis is a bacterial infection spread through open sores, rashes or broken skin. The first symptoms appear 9-90 days after infection.
development of a chancre (painless sore)
swollen painful joints/aching bones rash on hands and feet and mild hair loss Syphilis is readily treated with an injection of antibiotics.
Chancroid is a bacterial infection which can be transmitted through oral, vaginal, or anal intercourse. Untreated chancroid can infect and swell the glands located in the groin. Chancroid is especially dangerous as the sores it produces increase the chances of getting HIV.
appearance of small boil or ulcer open sore
painful urination Chancroid is successfully treated with oral antibiotics.
Herpes is a viral infection which enters the body through the mucous membranes of the mouth and genitals. Herpes can be classified into Types 1 and 2: "Oral Herpes" and "Genital Herpes". Both strains can, however, affect the genital area and can be passed on through genital-genital contact and through oral-genital contact. Herpes symptoms are apparent 3-7 days after exposure. Herpes is one of the three most common STDs found on the Stanford Campus.
Symptoms associated with a Herpes outbreak:
mild tingling and burning watery blisters
low grade fever/headache There is no cure for Herpes. Symptoms may be relieved with the use of pain relievers, wearing dry, loose clothing, and treatment with Acyclovir (a viral inhibitor).
Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
HPV is caused by a virus which is transmitted by skin to skin contact. It is usually spread through genital to genital contact, although infection through oral sex has been reported. HPV is one of the three most common STDs found on the Stanford Campus. The incubation period for symptoms is one month to many years.
Symptoms in both men and women include:
palpable lump or irregularity of the skin surface painful intercourse if the lesions are rubbed.
While the warts may be removed using liquid nitrogen, electrocautery or laser treatments, the virus remains dormant and recurrence is likely.
Human Immunodeficiency Virus invades and impairs the immune system. It can be transmitted bodily fluids such as blood, semen and vaginal secretions. Fluids can enter the system of another individual through broken skin and through mucus membranes, including those found in the mouth, vagina, cervix, rectum and urethra. Symptoms : There are four stages in HIV infection. Most people who have been exposed to the virus will eventually develop an impaired immune system.
Acute HIV infection. An illness similar to mononucleosis or the flu develops 2-8 weeks after initial HIV infection. Asymptomatic HIV infection. During this phase (which may last several years), a person will test positive for HIV but will have no symptoms. Persistent generalized lymphadenopathy (PG. During this phase, swollen lymph glands are present.
Other HIV disease including AIDS. Symptoms can include: fatigue skin rashes diarrhea yeast infections memory changes There is no cure for AIDS currently, but treatment, such as the drug AZT, focuses on maintaining a healthy immune system and on avoiding infection. It is important, for all those infected with the AIDS virus, whether or not they have any symptoms, to contact a health care practitioner as soon as possible to explore treatment options.
HIV testing is available through Vaden.
Scabies are tiny parasitic mites that burrow under the superficial layers of the ski, depositing eggs and feces and causing intense irritation. Scabies is spread by skin to skin contact and symptoms appear approximately 4 weeks after exposure.
Presence of mite burrows persistent itching, worsening with scratching.
Scabies is treated with the prescription drug Kwell.
Crabs are members of the head lice family. They attach to the capillaries in the skin and suck blood; the body's immune reaction causes the itching. Symptoms usually appear after 30-day incubation period from exposure.
itching in pubic area appearance of whitish-Gray or rust colored crab-like parasites Crab nits (eggs) attached to the base of pubic hair
12/17/2005 9:14 pm
Thanks for writing this...though it may go unappreciated by the idiot few. Lack of knowledge is NO EXCUSE - and posting it here makes it readidly available to 10's of thousands. BE SMART PEOPLE - Read, Learn and be safe. You can still have fun..just be safe - there is NO EXCUSE!!!|
12/17/2005 9:55 pm
you know ur health stuff right? k, u know how u said hepatitis can be spread through blood right? well my mom got hepatitis well before i was even born any chance that i could have it? my mom doesnt think there is any chance of it, and there is no way i am gonna ask one of my friends or my family docter or anyone else i can think of about it soo, help? please?|
1/8/2006 1:13 pm
do you still see much of scabies? I knew of a case when I was younger where the sleeping around father brought it home to the mother and both or likely the mother spread it to the children - also the children spread it on themselves wherever they touched themselves|
this is really a very selfish consequence of the philanderer, and cruel for the children
is it more likely found in filth like bedbugs in an unsavory environment?
1/9/2006 6:07 pm
Hi, scabies is pretty rare as far as I have seen, It is just as likely to be brought home by children and spread to the parents. It is spread easily by contact with a comb, towel, chair, casually physical contact. Now pubic lice is another story it is specific to pubic hair and is spread by sexual contact. There are three kinds of lice; head lice, body lice and pubic lice. Each lives on a particular kind of body hair and they don't mix. In other words, body lice won't live on pubic hair. Often mites, lice, scabies, bed bugs live in an unclean environment.|