The herpes simplex virus is spread through close contact with an infected person, and it can make itself evident through sores or blisters on the mouth or genitals.
Herpes can remain dormant in the system for many years before showing signs of its presence. These signs can emerge due to stress, illness or other bodily trauma. While there is no cure for herpes, the symptoms can be controlled through various ointments and medications.
The only way to know for sure if you have herpes is to consult your women’s health professional for gynecology services, and undergo an examination followed by a swab or blood test.
The human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States. The infection normally presents itself in the form of genital warts. While HPV is not serious in most cases and often goes away on its own, persistent cases of the disease may lead to more severe threats such as cancer. This could take many years to develop, during which time you may not even be aware that you have contracted HPV. An abnormal pap or cervical cancer test can usually detect the presence of the disease.
In regards to prevention, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have set forth the following recommendations for receiving the HPV vaccine:
- Vaccines should be administered beginning at age 11 or 12.
- If the vaccinations are not administered at this early age, women are advised to receive them by the age of 26.
- The vaccine is to be administered in three doses over the course of six months. All three doses are recommended effective.
Gonorrhea /Chlamydia Infections
Chlamydia and gonorrhea are bacterial infections generally spread through vaginal or oral intercourse which could result in ectopic pregnancies, pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility. Gonorrhea results in up to a quarter of patients with Chlamydia.
Both infections can result in abnormal bleeding, burning in the genitalia region, and discomfort during urination. They can be identified through a medical examination and swab test.
Chlamydia and Gonorrhea can be treated through a prescribed medication regimen. Practicing abstinence during the treatment period for both yourself and your partner is essential, as are several additional guidelines which will be reviewed by your healthcare provider.
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