STD Risks and Effects
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STD Risks and Effects

Some of the more common STDs include Chlamydia, Syphilis, and Gonorrhea. These are bacterial infections and can be cured if detected and treated in time. Unfortunately they may go undetected because they often present with mild or no symptoms. STDs can cause serious, possibly permanent, problems for males and females. For instance, Syphilis, if untreated, may go into a dormant stage and may reappear months or years later to cause serious complications: blindness, bone and/or heart damage, insanity, and possible death. If Gonorrhea and Chlamydia go untreated they may cause females to develop PID (pelvic inflammatory disease), which can result in chronic pain, pregnancy problems, sterility, or death.

The other common STDs are viral, are incurable, and present just as many problems. HPV (Human Papillomavirus) causes warts that spread easily and possible genital cancers in both sexes. It is the main cause of cervical cancer in women. Genital Herpes presents as painful genital blisters and can be transmitted even if the sore is not visible. Hepatitis B is an infectious, viral liver disease, which is more infectious than HIV and can cause liver cancer. Most carriers are not aware they are infected. Similarly HIV is very contagious, and these carriers are often unaware of their disease. HIV can result in AIDS, which can cause death.