Sexually transmitted diseases are passed through microorganisms that survive on the genital area or through bodily fluids. Many of them do not have clear symptoms, and long term undiagnosed infections can lead to other health problems such as infertility, cancers, and the continuing spread of disease. Some STDs, such as chlamydia and gonorrhea, are curable with proper treatment, but others are not. Some diseases, such as syphilis, once decreasing in number are on the rise in certain populations. Teenagers are among the most affected. This work provides updated information about STDs, their symptoms and treatments, and their occurrence in specific groups, such as women, teens, seniors, and homosexuals. It explains treatment and testing options, statistical data, and current research about STD prevention, clinical trials, vaccines, and other medical news. It discusses methods of preventing the spread of STDs, tips for living with STDs, guidelines for disclosing that one has an STD, and suggestions about talking to others about STDs. The book concludes with a glossary of related terms, a directory of resources, and suggestions for further reading.
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