When it comes to sexual education and disease prevention and awareness, many people in the United States are only aware of the most common and
Lymphogranuloma Venereum (LGV)
Lymphogranuloma venereum, also known as LGV, is a sexually transmitted infection that occurs most commonly from rectal exposure, though in women it can also occur in the vagina. This is a bacterial infection that is transmitted through unprotected sex.
One of the biggest issues with lymphogranuloma venereum is that it can be difficult to diagnose. Sometimes, a person will have no noticeable surface-level symptoms. There may or may not be a sore or ulcer near the rectum or vagina, but it is often small and painless.
Other symptoms can include pain while urinating or defecating, constipation, pain in the lower back and pelvic area, and swollen lymph nodes, among others. All of these symptoms can be attributable to other infections, delaying diagnosis. However, it is important if you experience these symptoms within around 6 weeks of unprotected sex, to inform your doctor of this fact. This may speed diagnosis and get you the three weeks of antibiotics you need to clear up the infection before it gets worse.
Molluscum contagiosum is a highly contagious viral skin disease that is transmitted through skin-to-skin contact. As such, it is commonly transmitted during sexual contact or intercourse, though it can be transmitted through touch in other forms of skin contact as well.
This viral infection is relatively minor and often manifests itself as a small skin rash with raised bumps or blisters that are
Generally speaking, a doctor will leave the viral infection to resolve itself as it will usually clear up on its
Now that you know about a few of the less commonly known STDs, you know what to look out for and can talk to a doctor at an STD clinic at the first sign of something strange going on. The more you know, the better you can protect your health.