Posts Tagged ‘STDs’

All you need to know about Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Today, professionals use the terms STD (sexually transmitted disease) or STI (sexually transmitted infection) to discuss infections that are transmitted from one infected person to another through vaginal sex, anal sex, oral sex or through close intimate sexual contact. The term “STI” is used more often because people can have an infection without it actually turning into a disease.

DIAGNOSIS OF STIs

Etiologic diagnosis based on laboratory testing: Preferred and most accurate method to identify specific pathogens so that appropriate treatment can be given.

Presumptive etiologic diagnosis based on clinical findings: Depends on specificity and positive predictive value of signs and symptoms for particular infections and expertise of a clinician.

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Myth of the month: On genital eruptions

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Myth: All genital eruptions are sexually transmitted diseases.

Fact: People are aware that Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) occur as wounds, growths or as a rash discharging pus from the male or female genitalia. Any such change present on the shaft of the penis, the foreskin or on the female vulva and vagina is usually thought to be an STD. Yet is every such complaint necessarily an STD?

Not always. It should be understood that the skin over the private parts is as vulnerable to any skin disease like that in other parts of the body.

Ordinary skin diseases, which are not necessarily transmitted through sexual intercourse, can occur on the genitalia alone or can be disseminated everywhere on the body including the private parts. Bacterial or fungal infections can appear as red rashes with discharge of pus or pus-like thick flakes. In summer heat boils make their appearance close to the groin folds.

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