STD Information

Chlamydia - Facts and Guidance About Chlamydia

What is Chlamydia

Perhaps because those infected with chlamydia show few or no symptoms, it may be the most common STD in the world. Still, chlamydia continues to be the STD that flies most frequently below the medical radar. The vast majority of men and women who are carriers have no idea they are infected, and show no signs of the illness.


Genital Herpes - Facts and Guidance About Genital Herpes

What is Genital Herpes

Genital herpes is one of two different but related viruses. Herpes simplex (or type) two is also referred to as HSV-2, and this is the genital variety. HSV-1 is oral herpes, also called herpes simplex (or type) one. Both strains of the virus are common in men and women from all walks of life, and from all parts of the world. As with other STDs, you greatly increase your risk of acquiring genital herpes if you have unprotected sex with multiple partners.


Gonorrhea - Facts and Guidance About Gonorrhea

What is Gonorrhea

A bacterium called Neisseria Gonorrhoeae is responsible for the STD commonly referred to as gonorrhea. Nowadays, you may hear gonorrhea and certain other STDs, called STIs. This stands for sexually transmitted infection. Like chlamydia, gonorrhea is one of the most common sexually-transmitted infections in the world today. In fact,it is not unusual for carriers of gonorrhea to also be infected with chlamydia bacteria.


Hepatitis B - Facts and Guidance About Hepatitis B

What is Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a disease caused by a virus that attacks the liver. A hepatitis B infection may be acute, meaning that it affects the individual for a short period of time, and then they often go on to make a full recovery. Other people afflicted by the virus develop chronic hepatitis B. This results in a long-term infection with ongoing complications. Children and young adults are at an increased risk of developing chronic hepatitis B.


Hepatitis C - Facts and Guidance About Hepatitis C

What is Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is one of five strains of hepatitis that can cause serious liver damage. Like hepatitis B, the condition may be chronic or acute, in those who have become infected. If you are lucky, your condition is acute, and the symptoms are mild, get better quickly, and you can make a full and speedy recovery.


HIV - Facts and Guidance About HIV

What is HIV

HIV stands for the human immunodeficiency virus. In North America, the disease first began to show up in the early 1980s. HIV works by invading a hosts body and attacking the white blood cells. This can lead to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). AIDS is the most advanced form of the disease, and deadly. Should a person carrying the HIV virus have their white blood cell count fall to an extremely low level, they are vulnerable to develop full-blown AIDS.


Oral Herpes - Facts and Guidance About Oral Herpes

What is Oral Herpes

HSV-1 is also commonly called oral herpes, or herpes simplex-1. The virus is very similar to the HSV-2 variant that causes genital herpes. The sores and blisters that are a result of the infection are also nearly the same. The difference is that a man or woman who suffers from HSV-1 will exhibit symptoms of the illness around the mouth and possibly throat. HSV-2 victims will have outbreaks of the sores and blisters on and around their genitalia and anus.


Syphilis - Facts and Guidance About Syphilis

What is Syphilis

Syphilis is an STD that is easily spread by those who engage in unprotected sexual activities. Fortunately, with the development of penicillin, and increased public awareness, it is far less common now than it once was. Syphilis is caused by the bacteria Treponema pallidum, and modern antibiotics are highly effective at treating the illness. Men and women are vulnerable to the disease regardless of their sexual orientation.


Hepatitis A - Facts and Guidance About Hepatitis A

What is Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a liver infection that affects men, women and children around the world. It is spread by a virus, and can cause serious illness in those who become infected. This is especially true amongst the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems. In many cases, however, those suffering from hepatitis A show few or no symptoms of infection. Young children in particular may be completely asymptomatic, yet they remain fully capable of transmitting the disease to others.