How STDs Affect the Male Population

STDs (or STIs as they are popularly known), are infections that are caused by any kind of
sexual exposure – including vaginal or anal intercourse, oral sex, or sharing of sexual
devices STDs re!ain a !a"or public health challenge and lead to serious and costly
conse#uences in the case of both !en as well as wo!en $lthough treat!ent for !ost
STDs is readily available, there are others that are incurable, such as %I&, %'&, %epatitis
( and ), and %%&*+ In so!e cases, the sy!pto!s are hard to detect and this !akes
the situation worse $bstinence and the diligent use of latex barriers such as condo!s
during vaginal or anal intercourse and oral*genital contact can help control the spread of
the disease
$gainst co!!only held notions, !en are e#ually at risk of ac#uiring sexually
transmitted diseases So!e of the !ost co!!on and serious STDs in !en and their
effects on the! include,
1. Chlamydia
)hla!ydia is a bacterial infection that affects nearly - !illion people in .nited States
every year It is extre!ely co!!on in /0* to /1* year olds, followed by 23* to 2-* year
olds It is passed through unprotected sex and causes a white cloudy discharge fro! the
penis and a burning sensation during urination The infection can spread to the testes
and result in sterility
2. Gonorrhea
$nother bacterial disease that affects a !a"or section of the population each year,
4onorrhea has oddly been !ore prevalent a!ongst $frican $!ericans )o!!on
sy!pto!s of the disease in !en include white, yellow, or greenish discharge fro! the
penis, rectal discharge, pain or bleeding, throat infection, redness and discharge fro! the
eye, etc It often results in sterility and occasional swelling of the penis If passed to an
offspring, it !ay cause the child to be born blind

3. Syphilis
Syphilis is caused by a bacteriu! and is !ore pro!inent in people who are in the age
group of 20* to 21* year olds The chances of contraction are said to increase by 536
after even a single sexual exposure to a lesion It generally gets passed on through direct
contact with sores or the !ucous !e!brane or broken skin They are characteri7ed by
rubbery sores, rashes on the body, patchy hair loss, fever, sore throat, headache,
tiredness, and wart*like growths in genital areas Syphilis leads to ulcers of the skin,
!eningitis, paralysis, blindness, sei7ures, insanity, and even death eventually if not cured
in ti!e
4. Genital Herpes
Genital Herpes is a viral infection that affects roughly 53 !illion people in the .nites
States every year The rate of %erpes infection is highest a!ongst adults – and is !ost
co!!on in $frican $!ericans It causes painful blisters or sores around the genital area,
headache, !uscle ache, extre!ely painful urination, fever, and swollen glands %owever
in !ost cases, the disease does not show any obvious sy!pto!s Syphilis is #uite
curable and does not cause any long*ter! da!age %owever, it does cause severe
disco!fort and increases the chance of a recurring outbreak of the infection
5. Genital Warts / Human Pappillomavirus
This viral infection affects at least 2- !illion people in the .nited States today It is
generally passed on through skin or !ucous contact and is characteri7ed by fleshy
bu!ps in the genital area that !ay be itchy or painful and !ay bleed if irritated or
rubbed In rare instances, %'& is linked with penile, urethral and anal cancers
Ti!ely detection and treat!ent can go a long way in preventing all the hassles
associated with an STD 8ake sure to visit a lab for aannualco!prehensive STD check
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