Sexually Transmitted Diseases

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The sexual scene is not the same as it was 40 years ago. Sexually Transmitted Diseases are the most common infections known today. STDs, also known as venereal diseases, is a term that refers to more than 50 diseases that have been transmitted through the exchange of bodily fluids such as semen, vaginal fluid, and blood. According to the national institute of allergy and infectious diseases, more than 12 million people in the United States, including 3 million teenagers, are infected with STDs every year. The United States has the highest STD rate in the world. The center for disease control and prevention stated that about one in ten Americans will contract an STD during his or her lifetime. Doctor Lisa Marr states that in the United States, sexually transmitted diseases strike an average of one person every 1.5 seconds, about half of STD patients are under the age of twenty-five. And nearly 2.5 million teenagers are infected with these deadly diseases.

There are two kinds of STDs, viral and bacterial. Viral STDs are incurable but bacterial STDs are curable. STDs affect men and women of all backgrounds and economic levels. According to the American Social Health association, the most common STDs on college campuses are chlamydia, herpes, and genital warts. People with sexually transmitted diseases may have no symptoms or symptoms that are so mild that they do not aware the person to seek medical attention. For example, almost half of the women with gonorrhea have no significant symptoms, and up to 3 percent of men will feel perfectly fine. The more familiar STD's are genital herpes, syphilis, gonorrhea, genital warts and pubic lice.

Genital Herpes is a viral STD. Herpes is spread by direct sexual skin-to-skin contact with the infected site during vaginal, anal, or oral sex. The symptoms are often very mild and may include an itching or burning sensation, pain in the legs or genital discharge, as stated by Michael Resni

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