The most common STD in males and women, rarely causes any symptoms to occur!
This list investigates the symptoms and treatments of the most common STDs in the United States.
Sex is definitely a lot of fun, but sex also has comes with its downsides…
In particular…Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs).
In America, each and every year, over 19 million people contract a STD.
Both men and women get these infections, and sometimes infected mothers unknowingly pass on these STDs to their young innocent infants.
If you’re a sexually active person, it’s more important than ever in today’s moral-less society, to get tested for STDs at-least every 3 months…
As the most common STDs don’t cause any significant symptoms to occur, none-the-less, they can still lead to serious health complications.
It’s a great relief that most of these common STDs are curable and of those STDs that aren’t curable,…fortunately, they are treatable.
Learning about different STDs can help protect your health and recognizing these most common STD symptoms early-on when they occur, is key to maintaining excellent sexual health.
Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) – Every Woman Gets It!
While its technically not classified as a STD, it’s so common among women that we decided to list it at the 10th spot.
Bacterial Vaginosis is associated with having a new sex partner or multiple sex partners…
Even though women that never had sex also develop this condition.
Bacterial Vaginosis, popularly known as Yeast Infection…
Occurs when there is an imbalance in the growth of healthy bacteria in a women’s vagina. The healthy bacteria gets replaced by different bacterial organisms, resulting in the following symptoms below.
Bacterial Vaginosis Symptoms:
- Burning and itching in the vaginal area
- White or gray vaginal discharge
- A strong unpleasant odor coming from the vagina, that is particularly noticeable after sexual intercourse.
Bacterial Vaginosis Treatment:
Yeast infections can easily be cured with the help of antibiotics, but it does frequently show up even after successful treatment.
In fact, most women get it several times a year during their reproductive life.
The bright side…Bacterial Vaginosis does not pose much of a health risk and usually goes away on its own, especially if you follow a healthy diet that is void of alcohol and red meat.
Hepatitis B (HBV) – 34,000 (+) New Infections Each Year
More than 34,000 people in the United States, contract Hepatitis B (HBV) each year, making it the 9th most common STD in America.
Although, there are many different types of Hepatitis that can be spread via various means…
Hepatitis B (HBV) is the most common Hepatitis that’s transmitted via sexual contact.
Just like its other Hepatitis brothers and sisters, HBV causes damage to the liver.
Hepatitis B (HBV) Symptoms:
This STD can lead to:
- Scarring of the liver
- Liver cancer
Hepatitis B (HBV) Treatment:
Even though there is a vaccine to protect you from getting infected…
Over 1 million Americas are chronically infected with HBV.
Pubic Lice (Crabs) – 37,000 (+) New Infections Each Year
Pubic lice, also popularly known as Crabs, is the 8th most common STD in the United States.
More than 37,000 Americans get infested with Pubic lice each year.
Pubic lice almost never infest the hair on the head and they look different in appearance to the lice that live on the head.
Crabs live on the hair which is located in or near the genital area.
They are usually spread via sexual contact, but transmission via infested linens and clothing is also common!
Pubic Lice Symptoms:
- Itching in the genital area
- Visible lice eggs
- Visible lice
Pubic Lice Treatment:
Pubic lice can easily be treated by washing your pubic area with a special disinfectant shampoo, or you can simply shave off your pubic hair.
HIV / AIDS – 41,000 (+) New Infections Each Year
HIV/ AIDS needs no introduction, we all know that HIV progresses into full-blown AIDS.
Each year more than 41,000 people in America get infected with HIV.
It’s the 7th most common STD in America and its symptoms are so vague.
HIV is spread through anal or vaginal sex via the exchange of bodily fluids such as:
Blood, Semen, Vaginal Secretions and Breast Milk.
Infections via oral sex is also possible, but quite rare.
When HIV enters the host body, it can stay dormant for many years until it springs into action and destroys the immune system by attacking certain white cells.
HIV/ AIDS Symptoms:
- Muscle Aches
HIV/ AIDS Treatment:
Although there is no cure for HIV, people living with the virus can still live long healthy lives by taking the following drugs:
Highly active anti-retroviral therapy (HAART), or combined anti-retroviral therapy (cART).
These medications repress the virus from progressing into full-blown AIDS and also reduces the chances of spreading the virus to others.
Syphilis – 55,000 (+) New Infections Each Year
With 55,000 new infections each year, Syphilis takes the honors as the 6th most common STD in the States.
It’s caused by the bacterium Treponema pallidum, and it’s quite difficult to detect and treat.
The early its detected, the fewer antibiotics you’ll need and the more quickly they work.
It can be transmitted through oral sex, as well as vaginal and anal sex via contact with the Syphilis sores.
Syphilis is a common bacterial STD and occurs in 4 stages.
In the third stage, symptoms usually disappear and this stage can last for years.
Only 15% of the population with untreated syphilis will progress into the 4th stage.
- Stage 1 – Small painless sores (chancres)
- Stage 2 – Skin rash, followed by sores on the penis and mouth, as well as in the vagina and rectum.
- Stage 3 – Symptoms disappear.
- Stage 4 – Blindness, paralysis, dementia, brain damage and in some cases, death.
The bacteria that causes Syphilis is killed with antibiotics, the sooner you get on treatment, the more completely you recover.
Some scientists have speculated that oral sex is the main reason why there is such a high infection rate among homosexual men.
Genital Herpes – 790,000 (+) New Infections Each Year
Each year in America, 790,000 people get infected with Genital Herpes, making it the 5th most common STD in the United States.
There are two strains of the Herpes Simplex Virus, HSV-1 and HSV-2, both can cause Genital Herpes, but…
Its usually the HSV-2 strain that causes most cases of Genital Herpes.
HSV-1 is more associated with causing cold sores on the mouth.
You can contract this common viral STD through having oral, vaginal or anal sex with someone that is infected.
All it takes is skin-to-skin contact, including areas that a condom doesn’t cover.
It’s very easy to contract the Herpes virus.
The Herpes Simplex Virus has different effects on people. Some people get mild symptoms, others show no symptoms at all, while a large majority have seasonal outbreaks of lesions around their anus, mouth and genitals.
These lesions look like blisters, these blisters rapture quite often causing painful sores and take a long time to heal.
You’re most contagious when the lesions have formed on your body.
Genital Herpes Symptoms:
- Outbreaks of painful blisters that form in the genital area, around the anus, penis and vagina.
- These blisters can also form inside the vaginal and anal cavities.
Genital Herpes Treatment:
Currently, there’s no cure for Herpes.
Although it can be treated with the help of anti-viral drugs, these Herpes outbreaks occur seasonally.
Taking medication shortens these outbreaks and makes them less painful.
Its important to note:
Even if you’re on medication and have no blisters or sores on your body – you can still transmit the Herpes Simplex Virus to others if you’re infected.
Gonorrhea – 800,000 (+) New Infections Each Year
Gonorrhea is a common bacterial STD that infects more than 800,000 Americans each year.
Most people confuse it with Chlamydia, as their symptoms are very similar.
Most men show symptoms of Gonorrhea infection, while only 20% of women develop symptoms.
Gonorrhea is spread via oral, vaginal and anal sex. It can be transmitted through Heterosexual, Homosexual and Lesbian sex.
It’s the 4th most common STD in the United States.
Gonorrhea develops in the urinary tract (urethra), mouth, eyes, in the throat, as well as in the anus.
- Painful burning sensation when urinating
- Yellow or white discharge, from the penis or vagina
- Men – Pain in the testicles
- Women – Vaginal bleeding between periods
Although Gonorrhea can be treated with two different antibiotics and it’s curable, there’s a growing concern about antibiotic-resistant Gonorrhea, which may make this STD un-treatable in the future.
Untreated Gonorrhea can lead to infertility in both men and women.
Women can also develop serious complications during pregnancy if their Gonorrhea infection is left untreated.
Trichomoniasis – 1 Million (+) New Infections Each Year
Trichomoniasis is the 3rd most common STD in America and is caused by a tiny parasite that passes from person to person during sex.
It can be transmitted via oral, vaginal or anal sex.
It can be passed on through Heterosexual, Homosexual and Lesbian sex.
More women than men get infected with this STD and only 30% of infected people develop symptoms.
Trichomoniasis usually develops in the penis and vagina, as well as in the urethra.
> These symptoms come and go <
- Itching and burning feeling in the genital area
- Sore painful genitals
- A foul smelling frothy discharge from the penis and vagina. Discharge may be clear, white, yellowish or greenish
- A strong putrid vaginal odor
- Pain during sexual intercourse
Trichomoniasis is a very curable STD and easily treated with antibiotics.
Chlamydia – 3 Million (+) New Infections Each Year
Chlamydia is the most common bacterial STD in the world and it’s the 2nd most common STD in the United States.
Over 3 million Americans get infected with Chlamydia each year.
Symptoms only show up in 50% of men, while only 25% of women develop symptoms.
Most people infected with Chlamydia show no symptoms.
It infects the urethra in men and the cervix in women.
Chlamydia is mostly spread through vaginal and anal sex, but it can also be transmitted through oral sex.
- White or yellowish discharge from the penis or vagina
- Painful burning sensation when urinating
- Painful swelling of the testicles
- Vaginal bleeding between periods
- Pain during sexual intercourse
Chlamydia is easily treated with antibiotics.
If left untreated, Chlamydia can lead to infertility in both men and women.
The same antibiotics used for Chlamydia treatment, can also cure you of Gonorrhea.
Chlamydia is the 2nd most common STD, not only in America but in the entire world!
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) – 14 Million (+) New Infections Each Year
We made it to the number 1 spot…The Human Papillomavirus!
Each and every year…over 14 million Americans get infected with HPV.
It’s the most common STD in the United States and almost all sexually-active Americans will contract this viral STD at some point in their life.
40 types of HPV exist and most of them have no symptoms.
You can get infected even by skin-to-skin contact.
HPV is most commonly spread through vaginal, oral and anal sex.
It infects the genitals, anus, mouth and throat.
Even though it’s a viral STD, most types of HPV actually cause no harm and the body flushes them out of the system within two years.
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Symptoms:
> Of the very few that cause symptoms to occur
- Genital Warts
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Treatment:
There are 3 vaccines which can prevent HPV infection – (Cevarix, Gardasil, Gardasil-9).
There are some HPV strains if left untreated, can cause cancer of the anus, cervix, penis, mouth and throat.
It’s recommended for children as young as 11 years of age, to get vaccinated against HPV, to prevent them from getting infected later on in life.
And there you have…HPV is the most common STD in America!
Since you now know the most common STDs and the havoc they can cause to your body, there’s simply no excuse for unprotected one-night stands and casual hook-ups.
Always remember to practice safe sex and get yourself, as well as your partner tested every 3 months to keep your sexual health in tip-top shape.
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