Which STD is the Most Dangerous?

The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the most dangerous viral sexually transmitted disease (STD). It leads to AIDS, an incurable condition. Other incurable viral STDs include human papillomavirus (HPV), hepatitis B and genital herpes, also known as herpes. Gonorrhea is a common STD that can be treated with the right medication.

If left untreated, it can cause serious health problems. Viral hepatitis is the leading cause of liver cancer and the most common reason for liver transplants. Research into vaccines for genital herpes and HIV is advanced, and several candidate vaccines are in the early stages of clinical development. There is increasing evidence to suggest that the vaccine to prevent meningitis (MenB) provides some cross-protection against gonorrhea.

More research is needed on vaccines for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and trichomoniasis. Syphilis is only dangerous to adults when left untreated for a considerable period of time. However, if left untreated, it can cause a range of problems from internal organ failure to blindness, paralysis and death. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection.

There are more than 40 types of HPV, which can infect the genitals, mouth or throat. Most men and women who are sexually active will contract at least one type of HPV at some point in their lives. Possible signs of infection include discharge from the penis or vagina and burning when you urinate. Chlamydia is another STD that often has no symptoms.

It is spread through sexual contact with the penis, vagina, mouth or anus of an infected person. A pregnant woman can transmit chlamydia to her baby during delivery. Even if you've been treated for chlamydia in the past, you can get the infection again. Your doctor can treat chlamydia with antibiotics.

Without treatment, chlamydia can cause serious health problems and infertility in both men and women. Trichomoniasis is an STD caused by a parasite that passes from one person to another during sexual intercourse. It can be transmitted from a man to a woman, from a woman to a man or from a woman to another woman. Women often develop the infection inside the vagina or urethra, while men can develop it inside the penis.

The infection usually doesn't spread to other parts of the body. Most people with trichomoniasis don't have symptoms but sometimes they experience itching or burning when they urinate or discharge from the penis or vagina. Antibiotics are needed to clear the infection. Gonorrhea is an STD that develops in the urethra, mouth, throat, eyes or anus in both men and women.

It spreads through sexual contact with an infected person and a pregnant woman can transmit gonorrhea to her baby during delivery. People with gonorrhea often have mild symptoms or no symptoms at all but signs of infection include painful urination and white, yellow or green discharge from the penis or vagina. Men may develop pain in the testicles and women may have vaginal bleeding between periods. Without treatment, gonorrhea can cause serious health problems including infertility in both men and women.

Genital herpes is caused by a virus that spreads through contact with fluid inside herpes sores. Infected people can transmit the virus even if they don't have sores and outbreaks tend to be shorter and less severe over time. All STDs can be treated with medication and some are completely curable while others go away on their own without treatment. Mortality rates from STDs are generally lower now than in the past thanks to advances in modern science but it's important for all sexually active people to understand the dangers associated with untreated STDs.

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