Which STDs Aren’t Curable?
Sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs) are much more common than you may think. In fact, recent studies found that more than 20 million Americans reported having an STD in 2018. Although many aren’t permanent, some are. However, Surfside Care of Laguna Beach offers STD testing and can design a treatment plan.
Here are the most common STDs that can’t be cured.
There are two forms of herpes, the first being oral herpes or “cold sores.” Although not considered a strictly sexually-transmitted disease, it can be contracted via kissing or household contact. Some of the symptoms of oral herpes include sores in or around the mouth area, itchy lips or skin on your face, swollen glands, and a sore throat.
Genital herpes, or the Herpes Simplex 2 Virus, is a sexually-transmitted disease that ranges in severity. In many cases, those who have it may not even be aware they do because the symptoms are so mild. In more extreme cases, symptoms range from painful fluid-filled blisters in the genital area and shooting pain in the legs, hips, or buttocks.
- Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
According to the Centers for Disease Control, HPV is the most common sexually-transmitted disease. You can contract it from oral, anal, or genital contact with a sexual partner. In many cases, there may not be any symptoms present to help you detect HPV. However, certain strains of the virus can lead to genital or anal warts.
- Hepatitis B
This sexually-transmitted virus wreaks havoc upon the liver and can cause liver infection. Some may recover with proper treatment but in many cases, Hepatitis B is a chronic condition that requires specialized treatment and can lead to liver cancer, cirrhosis of the liver, and on occasion, death.
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
HIV weakens your body’s immune system and is often spread through sexual contact, or needle sharing, as well as from an infected mother to her children. Although there may be no visible symptoms for many years, a blood test is all that’s needed to diagnose whether one has HIV.
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