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STD's info - PID in women

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I just wanted to call your attention to something you might not know

about: PID and the need to be tested for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia even

in the absence of symptoms.

Gonorrhea & Chlamydia are both treatable... but if you don't treat them

they can lead to Pelvic Inflamatory Disease (PID) in women and cause

infertility, see

http://www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/8799/8799/29362/197425.html?d=dmtHealthAZ

Many doctors recommend that all persons who have more than one sex

partner, especially women under 25 years of age, be tested for Gonnorrhea

and Chlamydial infection regularly, even in the absence of symptoms, because if

left untreated, they can lead to Pelvic Inflamatory Disease (PID) in women and

cause infertility.

And read the following on Gonorrhea and Chlamydia:

Complications - Gonorrhea

If gonorrhea is not treated, the bacteria can spread to the bloodstream and

infect the joints, heart valves, or the brain. The most common consequence

of gonorrhea, however, is PID, a serious infection of the female

reproductive organs, that occurs in an estimated 1 million American women

each year. PID can scar or damage cells lining the fallopian tubes,

resulting in infertility in as many as 10 percent of women affected. In

others, the damage prevents the proper passage of the fertilized egg into

the uterus. If this happens, the egg may implant in the tube; this is called

an ectopic or tubal pregnancy and is life-threatening to the mother if not

detected early.

An infected woman who is pregnant may give the infection to her infant as

the baby passes through the birth canal during delivery. Most states require

that the eyes of newborns be treated with silver nitrate or other medication

immediately after birth to prevent gonococcal infection of the eyes, which

can lead to blindness. Because of the risk of gonococcal infection to both

mother and child, doctors recommend that a pregnant woman have at least one

test for gonorrhea during her pregnancy.

Prevention

Because gonorrhea is highly contagious and yet may cause no symptoms, all

men and women who have sexual contact with more than one partner should be

tested regularly for the disease. Using condoms (rubbers) during sexual

intercourse is very effective in preventing the spread of infection.

Diaphragms may also reduce the risk of transmission. Constant awareness and

precautions are necessary because a person who has once contracted the

disease does not become immune--many people acquire gonorrhea more than

once.

Gonorrhea Symptoms:

It's possible to have gonorrhea without any symptoms. If symptoms do

appear, they may include discharge from the penis or vagina, the need

to urinate often, burning or pain when urinating, and in women,

bleeding between monthly periods. About half of the women with

gonorrhea have no symptoms.

Prevention - Chlamydia

Because chlamydial infection often occurs without symptoms, people who are

infected may unknowingly pass the bacteria to their sex partners. Many

doctors recommend that all persons who have more than one sex partner,

especially women under 25 years of age, be tested for chlamydial infection

regularly, even in the absence of symptoms. Using condoms (rubbers) or

diaphragms during sexual intercourse may help reduce the transmission of

chlamydial bacteria. In addition, recent research has shown that women

infected with chlamydia have a 3 - 5 fold increased risk of acquiring HIV,

if exposed.

Chlamydia Symptoms:

Chlamydia is known as the "silent epidemic" because three quarters of

the women and half of the men with the disease have no symptoms.

Possible symptoms include discharge from the penis or vagina and a

burning sensation when urinating. Additional symptoms for women

include lower abdominal pain or pain during intercourse and bleeding

between menstrual periods. Men may experience burning and itching

around the opening of the penis and/or pain and swelling in the

testicles.

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Besides Gonorhea and Chlamydia there is

HIV

Herpes

and

Genital Warts

Those three are all incurable.

Hepatitis B is also possibly incurable but you can get vacinated for it.

The other (curable) STDs besides Gonorhea and Chlamydia, are Syphilis (which isn't so common but quite serious if not treated), Trichomniasis, and Crabs/Lice.

See http://www.unspeakable.com for more info.

There are technically 25 STDs but that includes irritations, yeast infections,

and more infrequent diseases.

The main diseases are listed above.

For even more info on the other less frequent diseases see:

http://www.aomc.org/HOD2/general/general-SEXUALLY.html

http://www.niaid.nih.gov/publications/stds.htm

http://www.cdcnpin.org/std/common.htm

http://www.stdservices.on.net/std/

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