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STDs in Men (Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Men)

Facts on STDs in Men

Patient Comments
  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can be spread (transmitted) by intercourse, kissing, oral-genital contact, and sharing sexual devices.
  • Aside from abstinence, the use of latex barriers, such as condoms, during intercourse and oral-genital contact (although not 100% effective) is the best means of preventing the spread of STDs.
  • Genital or oral ulcers are most often caused by herpes simplex, chancroid, syphilis, and lymphogranuloma venereum.
  • Syphilis infection can either produce no symptoms or can cause oral or genital ulcers, rash, fever, or a variety of neurological illnesses ranging from forgetfulness to stroke.
  • Chlamydia and gonorrhea can be transmitted alone or together and cause inflammation of the urethra (urethritis), which the patient experiences as burning on urination and a penile discharge (dripping).
  • The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), is spread by infected blood or sexual secretions and is often associated with one or more of the other STDs.
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) causes warts and is associated with the development of anogenital cancer such as cervical cancer in women and anal or penile cancers in men.
  • Hepatitis B is transmitted primarily through sexual contact while Hepatitis C is transmitted more commonly by contact with infected blood.
  • Human herpes virus 8 (HHV-8) is a recently identified virus that may be transmitted sexually and has been associated with Kaposi's sarcoma (an unusual skin tumor), and possibly certain lymphomas (tumors of the lymph tissue).
  • Pubic lice and scabies are tiny parasitic bugs that can be spread by skin-to-skin contact.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/27/2016

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STDs in Men - Chlamydia Experience

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Gonorrhea in Men - Gonorrhea Experience

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20 Causes of STDs

The following is a list of the most common STDs, their causes.

  • 6 STDs caused by bacteria
  • 5 STDs caused by viruses
  • 1 STD caused by protozoan
  • 2 STDs caused by fungi
  • 2 STDs caused by parasites


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