Forum: Advice / Girls Only PG-13

~*IMPORTANT STD and STI Information*~ (karma: 6)
By MURPHY_HS_CHEER
On Wed Dec 08, 2004 07:52 PM
Made sticky by imadanseur (79325) on 2004-12-11 20:49:03
Made unsticky by MIClogger (28613) on 2005-02-27 12:41:23

STDs and STIs

Here is some information on some of the most common STD's and STI's since I constantly see posts about someone having a sore or itching "down there" here are some STD's and there symptoms.

Chlamydia

Chlamydia is a curable STI caused by bacteria. You can get a genital chlamydial infection, during oral, vaginal, or anal sexual contact with an infected partner. It can cause penil discharge in men and infertility in infected women. You can have it and not know it, those who do have symptoms may have an abnormal discharge from the vagina or penis or experience pain while urinating, but these early symptoms may be very mild. Chlamydia can be cured by an anabiotic

Herpes

Herpes simplex is a common and usually mild recurrent skin condition. It can cause "cold sores" or "fever blisters" on the mouth or face--what is called oral herpes. It can also cause similar symptoms in the genital area, which is known as genital herpes. A virus causes herpes--either herpes simplex type 1 (HSV-1) or herpes simplex type 2 (HSV-2). As with all viruses, there is no cure for herpes. It is different from other common viral infections because once it is introduced it lives in the body over a lifetime, often without symptoms or with periodic symptoms. This is called "latency." The virus can travel the nerve pathways in a part of the body and hide away, sleeping, in the nerve roots for long periods of time. Even though HSV may not cause "cold sores" or genital signs or symptoms at the moment, it can still cause symptoms later.

Crabs

Crabs, or pubic lice, is an infestation of crab-like parasites that attach themselves to pubic hair and other course hair on the body. While the scientific name for the parasite is Pthirus pubis and the scientific name for the condition is Pediculus Pubis, both are referred to as crabs. Although crabs come from the same family of parasites as head and body lice, they are not the same thing.The most common symptom of crabs is itching in the pubic area. This itching is caused by an allergic reaction to the bites, and usually starts about five days after a person gets crabs.
Crabs are small parasites that resemble crabs you see on the beach. They may be whitish-gray or rust colored. A person may be able to see individual crabs by looking closely or using a magnifying glass.
A person may also notice crab eggs, or nits, attached to the base of the hair (close to where it comes out of your body). Nits are small, oval-shaped and pearl-like in color.
Dark or bluish spots can appear and last for several days in the infested area; these are also a result of the bites.
Crabs are usually found in the pubic area. However, crabs can also be found in the armpits, eyelashes, beard/mustache and other course hair. Sometimes, though rarely, crabs are found in the hair on a person's head.

Gonorrhea

Gonorrhea is passed during oral, anal or vaginal sex. It can be passed when the mucous membrane, the soft skin covering all the openings of the body, comes into contact with the mucous membrane secretions or semen of an infected person. During oral sex, it is possible for gonorrhea to be transmitted from mouth-to-penis and penis-to-mouth contact, and though less so, from vagina-to-mouth or anus-to-mouth contact. Transmission is not known to occur from mouth-to-vagina and mouth to anus contact. Gonorrhea can be passed even if the penis or tongue does not go all the way into the vagina or anus. If the vagina, cervix, anus, penis or mouth come in contact with infected secretions or fluids; then transmission is possible.
Even a woman who has not had anal sex can get gonorrhea in the anus or rectum if bacteria are spread from the vaginal area, such as when wiping with toilet paper. Eye infections in adults may result when discharge caries the disease into the eye during sex or hand-to-eye contact. Gonorrhea is not passed through things like shaking hands or toilet seats. Even if a person with gonorrhea is treated and cured, they can be reinfected if they are exposed to gonorrhea again. Abnormal discharge from the vagina that is yellow and sometimes bloody. Burning or pain when urinating are all signs of Gonorrhea.
Chancroid

Chancroid is a highly contagious sexually transmitted disease (or STD), but it is curable. It is caused by a bacteria called Haemophilus Ducreyi (or H. Ducreyi). Chancroid causes ulcers or sores, usually of the genitals. Swollen, painful lymph glands in the groin area are often associated with chancroid. Left untreated, chancroid may make the transmission of HIV easier.Symptoms usually occur within 10 days from exposure. They rarely develop earlier than three days or later than 10 days. The ulcer or sore begins as a tender, elevated bump, or papule that becomes a pus-filled, open sore with eroded or ragged edges. It is soft to the touch (unlike a syphilis chancre that is hard or rubbery). The term soft chancre is frequently used to describe the chancroid sore. The ulcers can be very painful in men, but women are often unaware of them. Because chancroid is often asymptomatic in women, they are often unaware that they are infected. Painful lymph glands (or lymph nodes) may occur in the groin, usually only on one side of the body. However, they can sometimes occur on both the left and right sides.

Syphilis
Syphilis is a curable infection caused by the bacteria Treponema pallidum. The bacteria enter the body through mucous membranes or abraded skin. Once inside the body, syphilis enters the blood stream and attaches to cells, damaging organs over time.There are four stages through which untreated syphilis progresses, each stage with its own unique signs and symptoms: primary, secondary, latent, tertiary (or late).

The primary stage of syphilis is usually marked by the appearance of a single sore, known as a chancre, within 10 to 90 days after contact with the bacteria at the site of infection.
It is usually appears as a single, painless sore, that is raised or elevated.
Chancres may be found:
outside the genitals, including the penis, scrotum and vagina
inside the vagina or rectum
at or around the anus
on the lips or in the mouth, though this is not as common.
The sore can last from one to five weeks and will go away by itself.
The chancre will go away with or without treatment. Without treatment, the person will still have syphilis and can transmit it to others.

Secondary Syphilis
The secondary stage of syphilis can develop 17 days to 6 1/2 months after infection.
Symptoms can last from 2 to 6 weeks.
Symptoms can include:

A rough, reddish-brown rash that appears on the palms of your hands or the soles of your feet, which normally does not itch.
Rashes on other parts of the body, including the neck, head and torso.
Condylomata lata or syphilitic "warts", moist, raised or elevated skin lesions, may be found in the anus or genital area.
"Mucous patches," flat, round, grayish-white sores, can appear on the mouth, throat, and cervix.
Patchy loss of hair on the head and other parts of the body.
A general sense of ill health.

Symptoms of secondary syphilis will clear up with or without treatment, but the disease will still be present if untreated. It will then enter into a latent stage, which has no signs or symptoms.

Latent Stage
Latent syphilis is defined as the time where there are no signs or symptoms of the disease
Develops from two to 30+ years after infection.
Because there are no signs or symptoms, the only way to test for infection during the latent period is by blood test.
A relapse of secondary syphilis can occur once the disease has entered the latent stage. This normally will happen during the first two years of latency.

Late Stage (Tertiary)
Symptoms of late stage or tertiary syphilis can occur 2 to 30+ years after infection.
Complications during this stage can include:

Gummas: Small bumps or tumors that can develop on the skin, bones, liver or any other organ.
Problems with heart and blood vessels
Chronic nervous system disorders, such as blindness, insanity and paralysis

If treated during this period, gummas will usually disappear. Though treatment at this phase will cure the disease and stop future damage to the body, it cannot repair or reverse the damage that occurred before treatment.

HIV/AIDS
HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiencey Virus. It is the virus that causes AIDS. AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.

HIV can be transmitted through the blood, sexual fluids, or breast milk of an HIV-infected person. People can get HIV if one of these fluids enters the body and into the bloodstream. The disease can be passed during unprotected sex with a HIV-infected person. An HIV-infected mother can transmit HIV to her infant during pregnancy, delivery or while breastfeeding. People can also become infected with HIV when using injection drugs through sharing needles and other equipment.
Over time, infection with HIV can weaken the immune system to the point that the system has difficulty fighting off certain infections. These types of infections are known as opportunistic infections. These infections are usually controlled by a healthy immune system, but they can cause problems or even be life-threatening in someone with AIDS. The immune system of a person with AIDS has weakened to the point that medical intervention may be necessary to prevent or treat serious illness.

A blood test can determine if a person is infected with HIV, but if a person tests positive for HIV, it does not necessarily mean that the person has AIDS. A diagnosis of AIDS is made by a physician according to the CDC AIDS Case Definition. A person infected with HIV may receive an AIDS diagnosis after developing one of the CDC-defined AIDS indicator illnesses. A person with HIV can also receive an AIDS diagnosis on the basis of certain blood tests (CD4 counts) and may not have experienced any serious illnesses.

Thanks to ahsa.org, mydna.org, and to my darling cousin who gave me alot of this information.

~*LeighAnne*~

13 Replies to ~*IMPORTANT STD and STI Information*~

re: ~*IMPORTANT STD and STI Information*~
By bts69
On Wed Dec 08, 2004 09:46 PM
Excellent Post, as someone who works in the medical field, I could not have done any better. Great job! Well thought out and organized. Cheers! :)
re: ~*IMPORTANT STD and STI Information*~
By MURPHY_HS_CHEER
On Thu Dec 09, 2004 03:26 PM
Thanks, it took forever to do!
re: ~*IMPORTANT STD and STI Information*~
By BeachBabe269member has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Thu Dec 09, 2004 03:34 PM
thanks for taking the time out to post this! it should be a sticky
re: ~*IMPORTANT STD and STI Information*~
By MURPHY_HS_CHEER
On Thu Dec 09, 2004 03:38 PM
Thanks, um , I would ask to make it a sticky but I feel weird cuz i wrote it and all.
re: ~*IMPORTANT STD and STI Information*~
By abbymember has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Fri Dec 10, 2004 02:15 PM
thanks for posting, and it should definately be a sticky!
re: ~*IMPORTANT STD and STI Information*~
By MURPHY_HS_CHEER
On Sun Dec 12, 2004 11:00 AM
I have been asked to include HPV and Genital Warts so here it is:

HPV
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most common causes of sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the world. More than 100 different types of HPV exist, most of which are harmless. About 30 types are spread through sexual contact.Most women are unaware that certain types of HPV cause over 90% of cervical cancer. Some types of HPV cause genital warts - single or multiple bumps that appear in the genital areas of men and women including the vagina, cervix, vulva (area outside of the vagina), penis, and rectum. Many people infected with HPV have no symptoms.There are high-risk and low-risk types of HPV. High-risk HPV may cause abnormal Pap smear results, and could lead to cancers of the cervix, vulva, vagina, anus, or penis. Low-risk HPV also may cause abnormal Pap results or genital warts.
Genital Warts
Genital warts are soft, moist, or flesh colored that appear in the genital area within weeks or months after infection. They sometimes appear in clusters that resemble cauliflower-like bumps, and are either raised or flat, small or large. Genital warts can show up in women on the vulva and cervix, and inside and surrounding the vagina and anus. In men, genital warts can appear on the scrotum or penis. There are cases where genital warts have been found on the thigh and groin. Genital warts must be burned off, but do grow back. There is no cure for genital warts and like Genital Herpes you will have so many outbreaks a year.

This information came from my cousin, who is a certified "Sex-Ed" teacher.
re: ~*IMPORTANT STD and STI Information*~
By dancerchica
On Mon Dec 13, 2004 07:27 PM
Very well done. I volunteer with pregnancy ministries in my area and we provide testing and information concerning STDs. I showed this to my boss there and she said to tell you great job as well. One other interesting piece of info that the CDC just put out concerning HPV: it has been shown that deep, prolonged kissing can transmit the virus if one of the people has contracted HPV in the mouth by oral sex. Isn't that scary?
re: ~*IMPORTANT STD and STI Information*~
By MURPHY_HS_CHEER
On Mon Dec 13, 2004 07:59 PM
It is scary and what you said about kissing isn't extremely likely but it IS possible. There is really no excuse for these diseases to keep being spread. People NEED to be informed, the key to stopping these diseases is knowledge!

~*LeighAnne*~

Thank you and tell your boss thanks as well, it took me almost 2 hours to do, but it was definitely worth it!
re: std sti
By elliebelliemember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Tue Dec 21, 2004 10:56 PM
lol this has me all more aware of stuff that i wasn't so clear on before... and weirded out to ever have sex lol.. BUT I WANT BABIES LATER ON!... hm.. predicament...
re: ~*IMPORTANT STD and STI Information*~
By Pasdekatmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Wed Dec 22, 2004 07:08 AM
No worries, as long as you're both tested for STDS before you have sex and mynogomous, then you don't have to worry about STDS.
re: ~*IMPORTANT STD and STI Information*~
By BeccaBecca
On Fri Jan 07, 2005 09:30 PM
Or you know, people could restrain themselves from having sex until they are certain they've found their partner for life, and no one would have to worry about STDS. I know STDS are a harsh reality and it has to be admitted they are out there, but you don't have to become a statistic. And for flippin' sakes, if you STILL insist on having sex with multiple partners, USE A CONDOM and don't spread any infections! Think before you jump into bed with any ol' guy! Guys should have to meet more criteria than just owning a penis and that's good enough!
re: ~*IMPORTANT STD and STI Information*~
By aviv
On Tue Feb 15, 2005 02:15 PM
great post!
re: ~*IMPORTANT STD and STI Information*~
By Hiphopgoddess
On Wed Feb 16, 2005 07:25 PM
thanks for the info

ReplySendWatch

Powered by XP Experience Server.
Copyright ©1999-2021 XP.COM, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
XL
LG
MD
SM
XS
XL
LG
MD
SM
XS