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Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are a growing problem in younger adults and teenagers. The United States Center for Disease Control reports that more than fifteen million cases of STDs are reported every year. Approximately three million young adults between the ages of fifteen and twenty-four are infected with an STD every year.

Many of these sexually transmitted diseases can be treated, but those that are caused by viruses are incurable. Parents are urged to warn their children about the harmful effects of STDs and educate them about the different forms of protection available.

Types of STDs

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Blood in the Urine (Hematuria)

Blood in the urine, or hematuria, is a fairly common event with about 10% of people experiencing it. Blood in the urine can be visible to the naked eye as bright red or brown in color, or can be present microscopically. The presence of blood means that bleeding is occurring somewhere in the genito-urinary tract; that is in the kidneys, ureters, the prostate gland, the bladder or the urethra.

Hematuria may be a sign of a serious medical disorder which requires medical investigation. The amount of blood loss is not necessarily an indication of the seriousness of the disorder. When blood is mixed with urine it is sometimes difficult to judge the gross loss.

Common Causes of Hematuria

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