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Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)The page provides quick access to a list of common sexually transmitted diseases, syndromes, health conditions, and other topics of health importance. The list is organized alphabetically. Links are provided to respective diseases sections that serve as a comprehensive and ultimate guide about the disease or health condition.

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are those infections or other kinds of diseases which pass from one individual to another through sexual contact. It is commonly referred as venereal diseases (VD). Some STDs can also spread through the use of non-sterilized needles used for drug intake, transferred from mother to her child during childbirth or breast-feeding and blood transfusions.

STDs usually involve transmission of microorganisms which reside in the skin or mucous membranes of male and female genitals. These infectious organisms are transferred through semen, vaginal secretions or blood during sexual intercourse. In severe cases, certain sexually transmitted infections can result in serious life-long problems such as infertility and issues in newborns such as blindness, developmental disabilities, and bone deformities and in some cases death of the child.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported incidence of more than 1 million new STD cases, each day globally. People belonging to age group of 15-24 years have indicated incidence of about half of the new STDs cases. STDs have affected females more than males.

Common STDs include chlamydia, chancroid, crabs, genital herpes, genital warts, hepatitis B, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), human papillomavirus (HPV), syphilis, gonorrhea and trichomoniasis.


Peripheral Vascular Disease and Erectile Dysfunction

Both erectile dysfunction (ED) and peripheral vascular disease (ED) are two different conditions. Erectile dysfunction is found in men making them unable to get and maintain an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) on the other hand is a circulatory problem in which the arteries become narrow and therefore reduce the flow of blood to lower limbs.

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a condition found in men which makes them unable to get or keep an erection firm enough to go for sexual intercourse. Uncommonly, this condition is also referred to impotence. Age can be a risk factor for erectile dysfunction in men but it doesn’t cause ED. Some early warning signs of ED are discussed in this article.

All You Need to Know About Genital Herpes

Genital herpes is one of the most common types of STDs which is caused by a virus known as herpes simplex virus (HSV). The disease tends to cause sores on the genital or rectal area, thighs and buttocks. A person can easily get the disease from another infected person through sexual intercourse.

Transmission: How is Genital Herpes Spread?

Herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) has a characteristic of getting transmitted by “skin-to-skin” contact. It can be transmitted even when there are no herpes lesions visible on the skin. Although HSV-2 is rarely contracted through oral sex, transmission is possible orally in some cases, if one of the sex partners is having genital herpes.

Dating Someone with HSV 2

Herpes simplex virus 2 is a sexually transmitted virus. The virus can be transmitted through direct skin-to-skin contact with an infected person. It enters the body and stays in dormant stage in spinal nerves. With certain triggers, the virus grows and causes symptoms to develop such as blisters in genital region.