Is HIV the Only Incurable Sexually Transmitted Disease?
A lot of people think that if they (and their sexual partners) have tested negative for HIV, they no longer need to use condoms. Many people forget that HIV tests do not immediately detect an infection. In addition, many people think that HIV/AIDS is the only sexually transmitted disease (STD) that is incurable and potentially fatal. I have heard people say many times, "I do not care about the other STDs. They cannot kill you, and you can cure them." As you will see, this is not true. It is important to use condoms every time with every partner, if there is any chance that you or your partner has HIV or any other STD.
The following table summarizes some basic information about many STDs. Some STDs can be transmitted in non-sexual ways as well. This table will review:
The Cause of the STD: Is it a virus, a bacteria, a parasite, or a fungal infection? Although we can cure STDs caused by bacteria, parasites and fungi, we cannot cure STDs caused by viruses!
Is the STD Linked to Cancer: Some STDs are linked to certain types of cancer. Cancers can be fatal, especially if they are not detected and treated early.
Is the STD Deadly: Certain STDs can sometimes be fatal. Although bacterial infections are curable, some bacterial infections can still kill you if they are not treated. Some complications of STDs can also be fatal. With the use of antibiotics, deaths from bacterial STDs are now rare in developed nations.
Infertility: Some STDs can cause infertility in both men and women, especially if they are not treated early.
Even if an STD is not deadly or incurable, it may still be painful, unsightly, annoying, and embarrassing. For more information about STDs, visit the Body's Ask the Expert library of questions and answers on this topic (www.thebody.com/Forums/AIDS/SafeSex/Archive/Hepatitis).
|STD||Cause||Linked to Cancer?||Deadly?||Causes Infertility?|
|Chlamydia||Bacteria||No||Yes (in women)2||Yes|
|LGV (Lymphogranuloma Venereum)||Bacteria||No||No||No|
Do you want more information on HIV/AIDS, STDs or safer sex? Contact the U.S. Centers for Disease Control AIDS hotline, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 1-800-CDC-INFO. Or visit The Body's Safe Sex and Prevention Forum.
Until next time ... Work hard, play hard, play safe, stay sober!