Although love is a sweet thing, its aftereffects are not always so sweet – sores, bumps and rashes of a sexually transmitted disease. Believe it or not, your skin is a breeding ground for STDs as well, which is why many dermatologists are getting involved in the detection and treatment of these diseases.
Best of all, every insurance company covers the cost of sexually transmitted disease because it’s so important for one’s health and well-being.
September 2017 report from the CDC has suggested a rise in STDs with
over 20 million new infections being diagnosed each year – half of
that found in people between the ages of 15 and 24 years of age.
Cases of gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia, which do display skin
symptoms – are at record highs.
in mind that STD skin symptoms are more than just warts and herpes,
and can show up anywhere on the body.
the herpes simplex 1 and 2 and human papillomavirus (HPV) being
responsible for genital warts, skin infections can be tied to HIV,
gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia. The molluscum contagiosum virus
and scabies are also transmitted through sexual activity.
only do these STDs affect the sexual health, but they also affect the
skin. For example, gonorrhea and chlamydia can lead to pink eye.
Syphilis and gonorrhea can cause rashes on the body such as the feet
and hands. HIV’s impact on the immune system can lead to an array
of skin issues. The only surefire way to prevent STD skin issues is
to get immediate medical treatment.
can identify and treat STDs that can lead to skin problems and
complications. Be sure to keep the following three tips in mind about
To A Trusted Doctor
– Communication is important, so if you suspect you have an STD, be
sure to talk to your doctor. Many STIs can be treated with a course
of antibiotics. The herpes virus and similar viruses have no cure but
do have medications that have the ability to control outbreaks.
Immediate Action –
When you have skin outbreaks, be sure to treat the disease, even if
it goes away. Some HPV strains can lead to cervical, breast and other
cancers. Chlamydia is also known to lead to blindness and
infertility. HIV, gonorrhea and syphilis can also be life-threatening
when not treated. Pregnant women with untreated STDs could suffer a
Mindful Of Prevention Options –
Young people can now be vaccinated against HPV. You can use
prevention methods such as condoms to stop various STIs due to sexual
contact. Condoms, however, are not effective in skin-to-skin diseases
such as herpes. The only way to prevent the spread of these STIs is
to get regular testing for STDs and stay in a monogamous
forget that skin outbreaks can take place out of the intimate areas
such as the hands, feet, eyes and other parts of the body. A
dermatologist is skilled in looking at skin problems including the
ones that STDs cause. And, remember, most STDs can be treated but
should be looked at immediately – not after the outbreak is gone.
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Most people think kissing is safe when it comes to STDs. However, what you may not realize is that syphilis and herpes simplex virus (HSV 1 and 2) can be transmitted by mouth – be it a quick kiss on the mouth or a French kiss. Of course, that doesn’t mean you have to stop kissing altogether, but it is good to be aware of the two diseases that can be passed through the act.