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Swingers FAQ - Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Sexually transmitted diseases (STD's) are infection that you can abstain by having sexual contact with someone who is infectious. Although, these infections are usually passed on by sexual intercourse, it can also be passed by other different types of sexual contracts.
 
STD's can be caused by a viruses or bacteria. Although most STD's are not life threaten, but if left untreated it can cause lots of discomfort and damages to your sexual organs.

There are many types of different STD's. They may include:

• Hepatitis B (HBV)
• Genital Herpes (HSV)
• Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
• Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
• Genital Warts
• Chlamydia
• Gonorrhea
• Syphilis 

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is also common know as the hepatitis B virus (HBV). It is a virus that attacks the liver which can cause lifelong infection, cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver, liver cancer, liver failure and could also lead to death in some cases.
 
HBV is spread by blood or body fluids from an infected person to the body of a not infected person. Commonly, through unprotected sex, sharing of needles or from an infected mother to her newborn baby.
 
 Common symptoms may include:

• yellow skin or yellowing of the whites of your eyes (jaundice)
• tiredness
• loss of appetite
• nausea
• abdominal discomfort
• dark urine
• clay-colored bowel
• movements joint pain

Currently, there are no medications available for recently attain acute hepatitis B infection, but vaccination is available for the prevention of such infection. There are also antiviral drugs available for the treatment of chronic hepatitis infections.

Genital Herpes (HSV)
 
Genital herpes is the most common form of STD. This is because is can be past from one individual to another through sexual contact without any visible symptoms. It can also remain
in certain nerve cells of the body for life, and can produce on and off symptoms in some infected people.
 
So what is genital herpes?
Genital herpes is an infection caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are 2 types of HSV that can cause genital herpes:          
Type 1 – commonly known by the infections on the lips,causing sores known as fever blisters or cold sores. Although, that is the case, it can still cause infection in the genital area and produce sores.
Type 2 – this usually causes genital herpes, but can also infect the mouth.
Genital herpes is passed or transmit to another individual through sexual contact with someone who is having a herpes “outbreak”. This means that HSV is active. When it is active the virus usually causes visible sore in the genital area. Then sore shed or cast off the viruses that can infect another individual.
However, an individual can have an outbreak and not have any visible symptoms at all. This is how genital herpes can be passed on to another through sexual contact without knowing. Genital herpes can also be infected to a sexual partner during oral sex.

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

Human Immunodeficiency Virus is commonly recognized as HIV.
 
It is a virus which infects cells of the immune system. It multiplies itself by using the good and normal cells of your immune system to grow.
When the body response the virus will attacks more actively by continuing to produce even faster and spread itself all over the body. Hence, leaving the cell unable to do its’ job to protect the body from common infection.
There are treatments which are available to slow the process down or to stop it entirely. Individual’s who response to treatment well will fight off the virus, while other may have to continue treatment to slow the process down.
HIV will not turn to the AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) virus once you are infected. The process from HIV to AIDS will take around 10 years for most average people.            That is from being HIV + with/without any symptoms to HIV with symptoms to having AIDS. When your virus turns to AIDS, it means that your immune system has been too far damaged by HIV. A damaged immune system means that it no longer can protect you from any infections as well as a healthy immune system.
At this present time, there are not cure for AIDS. There are treatments available to slow the effects it causes, but evenly your immune system becomes too weak to support your daily needs.

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
 
Human papilloma virus (HPV) is one of the most common causes of STD's in the world. There are more than 100 different types of HPV that exist, most of which are harmless to us. Around 30 types can be spread through sexual contracts.
 
The most frequent type of HPV can cause genital warts. These are single or multiple bumps that can appear in and around the genital areas. For men it can appear around the penis and rectum and for women, around the vagina, cervix, and vulva (the area outside of the vagina). Many individuals who are infected by HPV show no sign of symptoms at all.
HPV can be categories as two types: high risks and low risks. Women diagnosed with high-risk of HPV will show an abnormal pap smear result, and could lead to cancers of the cervix, vulva, vagina, or anus. Low-risk HPV will also show an abnormal Pap smear results, but will not necessary lead to cancer.

Genital Warts

 
Genital warts (sometime refers to as condylomata acuminata or venereal warts) are easily recognized as a sign of genital HPV infection. However, many people infected with this virus do not show any genital warts.
 

Genital wart appears to be soft, moist, fleshly colored and appears in the genital area within weeks or months after infection. These warts will sometime appear in clusters that resembles that look of a cauliflower. They can be either, raised or flat, small or large.
 In women, genital warts will emerge on the vulva and cervix, and inside and surrounding the vagina and anus area.
In men, they would generally appear on the scrotum or penis and in some cases on the thigh and groin.          
Like all STD's, genital warts are spread during oral, vaginal or anal sex with an infected person. About two-thirds of individual who have contacted the virus will develop warts within 3 months. Some individuals may develop no symptoms at all.
At present there is no cure for HPV, but there are treatments available for genital warts. Genital warts will often disappear without treatment, but there is no way to know that it will not appear again. So, if you suspect that you have contacted genital warts, you should see your healthcare provider or GP for a better diagnosed and treatment if necessary.

Chlamydia


Chlamydia (‘kla-mid-ee-uh’) is caused by a bacteria called by Chlamydia trachomatis . It is transmitted by oral, vaginal, or anal sexual contact with an infected partner. If diagnosed correctly and early it is a curable STD's.
 
If left untreated it can cause serious problems in both men and women, such as penile discharge for men and infertility for women, as well as in newborn babies of infected mothers.
 
The Chlamydia bacteria live in vaginal fluid and in semen. This is also known as a “silent disease” because individual who are infected do not even know themselves. Some early symptoms may include:
• Abnormal discharge (mucus or pus) from the vagina or penis.
• Pain while urinating.
Symptoms will usually appear within 1 -3 weeks after being infected.
If the Chlamydia bacteria are left untreated and move further inside the body, it can infect the cervix, fallopian tubes, and urine canal in women. This can also cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). As for men the bacteria can cause inflammation of the reproductive area near the testicles (epidydimitis). Both of these are very serious illnesses that can damage your reproductive system for life.
Chlamydia bacteria can also cause inflammation of the rectum (anal sex) and the lining of the eye. It can also infect the throat from oral sex of an infected person.
Early diagnosed by a healthcare provider or GP will provide you with a prescription of antibiotic such as azithromycin (one day medication) or docycycline (7 day course) which will clear the bacteria.
Gonorrhea
Gonorrhea is a STD's cause by the bacteria known as Neisseria gonorrhoeae. This bacterium can infect the genital tract, mouth, and rectum of both men and women.
 
 For women, gonorrhea first infects that opening to the uterus and the cervix. The bacteria can then spread into the uterus and fallopian tubes resulting to PID (pelvic inflammatory disease).
The first sign of symptoms usually appears within 2-10 days after sexual contact with an infected partner.

Syphilis

 
Syphilis is a STD's caused by a bacterium called Treponema pallidum. People infected by syphilis bacteria have been on the rise since year 2000.
 
Recent clinical reports have shown increasing concern that syphilis increases by 3 to 5 fold the risk of transmitting and acquiring HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), the virus that causes AIDS (acquire immunodeficiency syndrome).
Syphilis is a very fragile bacterium, and the infection is almost always transmitted by sexual contact with an infected person. Syphilis spreads from the initial sore (ulcer) of an infected person to the skin or mucous membranes (linings) of the genital area, mouth, or anus of an uninfected sexual partner. It can also be passed through broken skin on other parts of the body.
The bacteria can cause more serious problem on a pregnant woman as it can be pass to her unborn child. The child can be born with serious mental and physical effects as the direct result of the infection.


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