Complications Of Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are a group of diseases gotten through sexual intercourse (all forms). There are several types of sexually transmitted diseases and we know that you have most likely heard of them before.

However, for the benefit of people that may not have heard of STDs before, we will give a quick overview and dive into our topic.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

TYPES OF SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES.

  • Chlamydia 
  • Gonorrhea 
  • Trichomoniasis 
  • Chancroid
  • Herpes
  • Lymphogranuloma venereum 
  • Mycoplasma genitalium
  • Pubic lice 
  • Scabies
  • Non-gonococcal urethritis 
  • Bacterial vaginosis
  • Molluscum contagiosum
  • HIV
  • Hepatitis B & C

MAIN SYMPTOMS OF SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES

  1. Odor
  2. Itchy
  3. Abnormal discharge from genitals
  4. Painful urination
  5. Painful Intercourse
  6. Ulcers and sores on/in the genital areas
  7. Lumps and bumps
  8. General Pain

COMPLICATIONS OF SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES (STDs)

Because many people in the early stages of a sexually transmitted disease (STDs) or sexually transmitted infection (STI) experience no symptoms, screening and early detection is the best way to prevent an STD to develop into another disease.

  • Pregnancy complications: complications like miscarriages, still births, etc. Can result from untreated sexually transmitted disease. That is why most pregnant women get screened for STDs during their early antenatal visit.
  • Eye inflammation: Because the eyes (especially the conjunctiva) has a membrane similar to the mouth, vagina, penis etc. it makes it prone to getting infected with a sexually transmitted disease. Do you know that eye diseases caused by STDs are a major cause of blindness in some countries?
  • Arthritis: Is when you start to feel pain in your joints. Gonococcal arthritis develops from sepsis caused by gonorrhea.
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease: Pelvic infection can happen if you have had an STI that was not cured, especially gonorrhea or chlamydia.  The germs that cause pelvic infection travel up from the vagina through the cervix and then into the womb, tubes, and ovaries. If the infection is not treated in time, it can cause chronic pain, serious illness, or death.
  • Infertility: When a sexually transmitted disease it not treated early and on time these microbes get into your reproductive organ and make it difficult or prevent a lady from getting pregnant and a man from getting a lady pregnant.
  • Heart disease: Chlamydia infections cause the immune system to attack the heart, leading to inflammation in the heart and cardio- vascular changes
  • Certain cancers, such as HPV-associated cervical and rectal cancers.

There are so many other complications that may result from unscreened, untreated, and mistreated sexually transmitted diseases. It is also important we remind you that most people will always be asymptomatic (which means showing no symptoms) and would end up spreading the disease to other partners.

That we encourage you to abstain or use protection any time you want to be intimate and if ever you want to do so without protection then the both of you need to get tested.

When last did you get tested or see a doctor? You can now do so by booking an appointment with us.

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