Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, MD, FFARCSI

The mere thought of STD makes anyone feel scared and anxious. If you are reading this, the chances are that you are afraid of getting one or hooked with someone that has a reputation for having multiple partners. The unfortunate education about the sexually transmitted disease is that it focuses on symptoms and treatments. There is complete absenteeism of the real-world experiences. Due to this, people begin to develop social stigma. People never discuss the prevalence of STD and the chance of catching one.

What is the Least Bad STD?

The following is the list of least bad STD that you can get from others or pass it to your partner/partners:

Chlamydia

You can live with chlamydia. However, it is uncomfortable. Fortunately, you can cure it with medicines and requires about four weeks. According to a report, around 2 million people suffer from the disease each year. It occurs through intercourse. In men, the infection is harmless. However, in women, if left untreated, it can cause pelvic inflammatory disease that leads to infertility. At least 70% of women show no signs of the infection. Therefore, doctors recommend them to screen for chlamydia once a year.

Gonorrhea

Living with gonorrhea is painful. However, it is treatable with medicines and requires at least a month to kill the bacteria. Around 570,000 people suffer from the disease each year. Studies showed that chlamydia and gonorrhea occur at the same time. The only difference is that gonorrhea occurs due to vaginal intercourse, anal sex, and oral sex. It takes at least a month to show the symptoms of the infection. Treating gonorrhea is possible with antibiotics. However, there is a rise in resistance towards these antibiotics recently and research is underway to find a cure for the same.

Syphilis

Syphilis is curable when identified in the initial stages. It develops in stages, which is good sign of the presence of the infection. The first stage includes sores. They appear after a few weeks of exposure to the disease. After a few months, rashes appear on the body and continue to remain for months. They subside after which you will notice no symptoms. After a long gap of 10 or 15 years, you begin to lose control over motor functions and internal bleeding of the organs begins. Therefore, it is essential to take the test to identify its presence in the beginning stage. It helps in chalking the appropriate treatment, which helps in killing the bacteria.

Trichomoniasis

Trichomoniasis is another disease spread through sexual intercourse. It occurs due to trichomona parasite. Apart from passing through sexual intercourse, the parasite reaches the partner through non-contact sexual activity. It includes sharing of sex toys (contaminated with the parasite), using the infected hand on the genital region, and sharing injected drugs. Luckily, curing trichomoniasis is possible. Metronidazole, an antibiotic is helpful in curing the infection. A doctor prescribes the medication in a single pill of 2000mg or reduced mg that covers an entire week. The doctor advises not to participate in sexual activities during the treatment period. It is also preferable to test your partner or partners for the same and seek treatment. It thus stops from re-infecting with the disease.

Scabies

Scabies spreads due to skin contact. Killing the mites is possible with the help of prescribed body shampoos or washes. However, they can continue to live on clothing, bedding, and towels. Therefore, it is essential to wash all the clothes using medicated detergents that kill the mites.

Pubic Lice

It is possible to kill pubic lice with the help of prescribed washes and shampoos. As they are present on the clothes and other fabrics, cleaning thoroughly is essential by using medicated products.

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Pramod Kerkar

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, MD,FFARCSI

Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: April 26, 2018

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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