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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


Chlamydia is a bacterial disease that is contracted through anal or vaginal intercourse. Symptoms of the disease include an irregular discharge from the penis or vagina and a burning sensation during urination.

However, these symptoms are not always experienced by those who have Chlamydia as 75 percent of women and 25 percent of men who have the disease report no symptoms or signs that the disease is present.

This lack of symptoms can be a problem for an affected individual because untreated Chlamydia can cause individuals to be unable to reproduce and also leads to an increased risk in contracting HIV.


HIV is the acronym that stands for the human immunodeficiency virus, the virus that causes AIDS. HIV can be passed from one person to another via blood, semen, or vaginal secretions.

There is no cure for HIV and the virus which breaks down a person’s immune system to the point that it can no longer fight off common health threats.

Although there is no cure available, there are various drugs that can be used to stave off the effects of HIV and AIDS, exponentially increasing the amount of time that a person can survive with the virus.


This bacterial disease is contracted through anal, oral, or vaginal intercourse and is among the most reported sexually transmitted diseases. Symptoms include a discharge from the genitals accompanied by a burning sensation during urination.

These symptoms do not always appear to those who have the disease and those who do incur symptoms report that they appear within two to ten days following their initial contact with the disease.

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