An Overview Of Some Sexually Transmitted Diseases 



The term sexually transmitted disease refers to conditions that are passed from person to person via sexual contact. Anyone can contract a sexually transmitted disease by getting sexually involved with a person diagnosed with the disease. However, this doesn’t essentially mean that this disease only spreads by means of unprotected sex. There are several other modes by which the disease gets easily transmitted. Depending on the type of STD, it may also be transmitted via breastfeeding or sharing needles. Speaking with an adult primary care doctor at CCCHC can help you understand your risks for sexually transmitted disease.


Types Of Sexually Transmitted Diseases 

Many different types of infections can be transmitted sexually and some of the most common ones are explained below.


From going unnoticed in its early stages, syphilis is a bacterial infection that cannot be tracked down that easily. As per the experts in free STD and HIV testing clinics, the first symptom of Chlamydia is a small round sore called a chancre. A chancre can develop on the mouth, genitals, or anus. The sore can be painless but very infectious. Some of the later symptoms of syphilis include body rashes, fever, headaches, fatigue, weight loss, pain in joints, and hair loss. A few antibiotics can do the trick if this infection is diagnosed early.


Chlamydia is also a type of bacterial infection and is caused by a certain strain of bacteria. As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is the most common STD among Americans. If left untreated, chlamydia can result in infections of the prostate, testicles, or urethra, infertility, and pelvic inflammatory disease. When diagnosed at an early stage, antibiotics can be effectively used to treat chlamydia.


Also known by the name “the clap”, Gonorrhea is yet another variant of the bacterial STD. Many people who are suffering from gonorrhea do not develop any symptoms. When symptoms do develop, it can include discomfort or pain during urination or sex, discharge from the vagina or penis, frequent urination, sore throat, and itching around the genitals. Gonorrhea can be treated with antibiotics.


It is possible for a pregnant woman to pass sexually transmitted diseases to the newborn baby and it can lead to serious health issues in the child. This is why many healthcare professionals encourage pregnant women to get tested for potential sexually transmitted diseases. You can find many free women’s health clinics in your area that offer free HIV and STD testing. If you doubt that you have STD, get yourself tested in any of these free women’s clinics.

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    About the Author

    Dr. Ghassan M. Al-Jazayrly, MD

    A graduate of University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Al-Jazayrly or, as he is colloquially known: Dr. AJ, is an oncologist and hematologist of a Complete Care Community Health Center (CCCHC) with more than 36 years of experience. In recent years, he’s been involved with a non profit organization known as Every Woman Counts (EWC) which provides free breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to California’s underserved populations in order to eliminate health disparities for low-income individuals.

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