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SYMPTOMS OF A VENEREAL DISEASE

ERICA

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Dear ERICA,

The symptoms of the most common venereal diseases are:

- HIV/AIDS

Fever

Diarrhea

Sweating at night

Loss of weight

Swollen glands

General discomfort

Many people do not develop symptoms after they first get infected with HIV. Others have a flu-like illness within several days to weeks after exposure to the virus.

They complain of fever, headache, tiredness, and enlarged lymph nodes in the neck. These symptoms usually disappear within a few weeks. After that, the person feels normal and has no symptoms. This asymptomatic phase often lasts for years.

The disease is a total breakdown of the immune system, leaving the body open to any kind of viruses.

- Syphilis

The symptoms are divided into three stages.

Up to 12 weeks after the time of infection:

One or more red lesions will develop on the penis, labia (lips of the vagina), and anus and sometimes on the mouth and lips. These lesions disappear after a week.

Up to six months after the time of infection:

A red rash appears on the chest, back, arms, legs, hands and soles of the feet

High fever

Sore throat

Muscular fatigue

General feeling of discomfort

If the illness is not treated by the second stage, it will disappear for a while. However, the disease can lie dormant in the body and return up to 20 years later.
At this more advanced stage the symptoms will be:

Heart failure

Paralysis

Insanity

Possible death

The first symptom of primary syphilis is an ulcer called a chancre. The chancre can appear within 10 days to three months after exposure, but it generally appears within two to six weeks.

Because the chancre may be painless and may occur inside the body, it may go unnoticed. It usually is found on the part of the body exposed to the partner's ulcer, such as the penis, the vulva, or the vagina.

A chancre also can develop on the cervix, tongue, lips, or other parts of the body. The chancre disappears within a few weeks whether or not a person is treated. If not treated during the primary stage, about one-third of people will progress to chronic stages.

- Gonorrhea

Symptoms in women include:

Painful, burning sensation when urinating

Yellowish or bloody discharge from the vagina

Bleeding between periods

General irritation of the outer area of the vagina

Abdominal pain.

Men are more likely to show symptoms than women.

Some of the symptoms in men include:

A yellow pus-like discharge from the tip of the penis

Stinging during urination

Frequent urination

Blood in the urine

Swelling of the glands in the groin

The head of the penis may turn red

- HSV Herpes genitalis (Genital herpes)

For Genital Herpes (HSV), the main venereal disease symptoms are blisters and sores which can be very painful to a person.

There can also be muscle aches, backaches, fever, and a burning or pain when urinating as the urine passes over the sores or blisters or pain during sexual intercourse.

Swelling and tenderness of the lymph nodes in the groin area

In women, vaginal discharge and painful urination

In men, a possibility of painful urination if the lesion is nears the opening of the urethra.

Fever

The herpes genitalis virus symptoms may sometimes be mistaken for urethritis or a urinary infection.

Though both type of the virus (HSV-1 and HSV-2) can cause the infection, the latter is more likely to lead to the condition. The infection produces fevers also known as blisters or sores on the relevant area (vaginal or penile), accompanied by itching and pain. Sometimes, no signs are registered.

- HPV (Genital Warts)

For Genital Warts (HPV) the venereal disease symptoms include, pain of the affected area, a burning sensation, warts in and around the genital area, flesh colored lesions, and in some instances moisture or dampness around the affected area.

Genital warts are often said to look like little cauliflower florets.
They are usually white or flesh-colored, may either lay flat or be raised, appear by themselves or in clusters, and can be found in or around the vagina or anus or on the vulva or penis.

Generally, the warts themselves are not painful but they can interfere with normal bodily functions, such as urinating and bowel movements, making these actions painful and uncomfortable.

- Vaginal yeast infections

Intense itching, burning sensation, localized in vagina and vulva clumpy nasty white stuff.

Most medical descriptions compare the discharge to ricotta cheese, but it can range from thick and not clumpy to faintly yellow to thin and clear.

It smells pretty much like yeast.

Other symptoms of vaginal yeast infection and vulvitis include:

Burning,

Soreness

Pain during intercourse and/or urination, and vaginal discharge (Vaginal discharge is not always present, but when it occurs, the discharge is odorless and typically has a whitish, thick appearance and texture, like cottage cheese.)

Chlamydia

Symptoms in men:

Inflammation of the urethra (the bladder duct within the penis)

Stinging feeling when passing water

Clear discharge from penis and possible itchiness around the opening

Pain or tenderness in the testicles

Symptoms in women:

Stinging feeling when passing water

Unusual vaginal discharge

Pain caused by pelvic inflammation (pelvic inflammatory disease)

Pain during intercourse

In some cases, bleeding between periods

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