STDs Most People Don’t Know Exist

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Whenever the acronym STDs is mentioned the usual culprits that  immediately come to mind are gonorrhea,chlamydia,herpes and HPV.But most of us are unaware of the the lesser known sexually transmitted diseases out there. Raliat Ahmed – Yusuf, writes about four STDs people don’t know about.

Molluscum Contagiosum

This form of STD  is caused by a poxvirus, which manifests as a benign, mild skin disease characterised by lesions.

According to medical experts,these lesions, known as Mollusca, appear as small bumps with a dimple or pit in the center. The lesions, which may become itchy, red, or swollen can occur anywhere on the body from the face to the abdomen down to the legs to the genital area. While this virus spreads through person-to-person physical contact, it also spreads through contaminated objects, such as linens, pool equipment, and towels.

Molluscum qualifies as an STD, though, because it can also spread from one person to another through sexual contact. You might get more than you bargained for the next time you share your sheets with a new partner.

Mycoplasma Genitalium

You have  probably never heard of mycoplasma genitalim (Mgen) before but it may actually be more common than gonorrhea.Transmitted through sexual contact, this bacterium infects the reproductive tract. It can cause swelling and irritation of the genitals in men and has been linked to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) as well as infertility in women. The good new however is that  the infection is easily treated. A single dose of antibiotics is said to typically wipe out the bacteria.

Nongonococcal Urethritis

An infection of the urethra, nongonococcal urethritis (NGU) is caused by germs other than gonorrhea, often chlamydia. While NGU can affect both men and women, it’s more common in men due to anatomical differences. Although it can occur through non-sexual contact, such as during a urinary tract infection, most germs that cause NGU are transmitted during sex. According to a recent research by the the American Sexual Health Association, symptoms in men include discharge, burning or pain while urinating, itching, and tenderness. Symptoms for women include discharge, burning or pain while urinating, abdominal pain, or abnormal bleeding, which may indicate the infection has progressed to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease,PID.

Lymphogranuloma Venereum

According to STD, lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) is a somewhat rare sexually transmitted disease caused by several types of chlamydia trachomatis bacteria. Typically transmitted through anal sex, LGV affects the lymphatic system and is often accompanied by enlarged lymph nodes, rectum inflammation, ulcers, and sores in the genital area.

Whether or not you’ve experienced one of these STDs, it’s important to get tested regularly. Despite how a disease or condition manifests itself in your body, certain STDs could lead to something more serious if left untreated.

Though it can be scary, if you notice anything out of the ordinary down there, don’t be too quick to discount the possibility that you got something through sexual activity.Seek medical help asap as it could just be one of the uncommon STDs discussed above.

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