Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) in Men

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What are sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections transmitted during sexual contact. STDs are often referred to as sexually transmitted infections (STIs). STDs can be transmitted during any type of sexual activity. Some STDs can be cured with a course of antibiotics, while others persist and are not curable. Some STDs may cause debilitating symptoms, while others may be present without causing symptoms at all. Many STDs do not cause symptoms and can be spread by infected people even when they do not have any obvious symptoms.

Who is at risk for STDs?

Anyone who engages in any kind of sexual activity is at risk for STDs. The only way to completely eliminate the risk of acquiring an STD is abstinence from sexual activity. The use of latex condoms during sexual contact can greatly reduce the chances of contracting many STDs, but no method is 100% safe.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released a report that estimates that 110 million Americans are living with an STD and that 20 million new STD infections occur each year. People aged 15 to 24 account for about half of those newly infected. Young men and young women are about equally affected.

What causes STDs?

STDs can be caused by different kinds of microorganisms, including viruses, bacteria, and parasites.

Sexually transmitted viral infections include human papillomavirus (HPV), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), herpes simplex virus (HSV), hepatitis B and C, and human herpesvirus-8 (HHV-8).

Sexually transmitted bacterial infections include syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia.

Trichomonas is an example of a sexually transmitted infection caused by a parasite. Infestations with parasitic bugs, such as lice or scabies, can also be transmitted by close contact and may be acquired during sexual activity.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/24/2013

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