Venereal disease is usually acquired through intimate contact with the sexual organs of an afflicted individual, the most frequent vehicle of the dis
Venereal disease is usually acquired through intimate contact with the sexual organs of an afflicted individual, the most frequent vehicle of the disease is the act of sexual intercourse or intimacy associated with sexual intercourse. Gonorrhea and syphilis are the two most common types of venereal disease.
Gonorrhea is transmitted through sexual intimacy or from the mother to the newborn infant as it passes through an infected birth canal. Within 3 to 14 days of contact, male experience burning, pain, and discharge of pus upon urination. Complications of gonorrhea in males may include Prostatitis and testes infection. Females may have increased urinary frequency and a yellowish discharge from the vagina, but there are usually no immediate symptoms until the infection has included all of the reproductive organs of the pelvic region. Complications of gonorrhea may result in sterility in both sexes.
Syphilis is also most commonly spread through sexual intimacy, but it may also be received through a break in the skin that has come in contact with a chance, or open sore, fresh blood, semen, or a vaginal discharge from an infected individual. Syphilis can also be transmitted from the mother to the fetus via the bloodstream during pregnancy.
There are three distinct stages of syphilis, first, a chancre appears 10 to 28 days after contract at the point where the infecting organism entered the body, but it disappears in 2 to 5 weeks. Other possible symptoms of this stage include fever, weight loss, and anemia.
Six weeks to six months after the appearance of the chance, the second stage begins, it is characterized by the rashes, hair loss, warts near the mouth or anus, fever, headache, sore throat, and possibly bone pain. The next one to several years may be without symptoms.
During the third stage, the disease is no longer contagious. In this stage the organisms settle in specific body organs and destroy them, Commonly, the circulatory system and nervous system are attacked, often resulting in death.
Treatment for venereal disease includes massive injections of antibiotics, usually penicillin, to rid the body of the venereal organism. Early treatment is essential to prevent complicating tissue damage. To prevent the spread of venereal disease, an afflicted person should abstain from sexual intercourse and intimacy until the disease has been cured. In addition to obtaining medical treatment, an afflicted person should maintain a well-balanced diet high in protein to help repair the tissue damage that has occurred.