Human Growth & Development
October 22, 2012
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
A sexually transmitted disease (STD) is an infection that you can get from having sex with another person who has an infection. There are several types of sexually transmitted diseases that affect men and women every year. In Chapter 9 of our textbook, the topic of sexually transmitted diseases was discussed. This is a rising issue amongst young adults in this generation. “One in four new sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) infections occur in teenagers” ( ) Some of the sexually transmitted diseases can be curable. However, some of the diseases can be life threatening.
Sexually transmitted diseases can be spread orally or during intercourse when body fluids are exchanged. Many people do not even recognize that they have an STD because people can pass STDs to sexual partners even if they themselves do not have any symptoms. There are two different kind of sexually transmitted disease in which they are viral, or bacterial. Some common viral infections include Hepatitis, Aids, and HPV. Unlike viruses, chlamydia and gonorrhea are very common bacterial infections that are spread through sexual activity.
Hepatitis B is an inflammation of the liver. This viral infection is most commonly spread by having intimate sexual activity. This is a very serious disease that is “responsible for 1 to 2 million deaths yearly” (Stoppler 2012). Some symptoms that occur with this infection is jaundice of the ski, a fever, and abdominal pain. If this infection is let go, it can create edema which is swelling of the legs.
AIDS is another viral infection that is the sixth leading cause of death amongst the middle aged population. This is the final stage of the HIV disease that severely damages the immune system. This disease begins as an HIV infection. If this infection is left untreated, it gradually turns into AIDS. This disease damages the immune system making it easier to...