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by Vicky Lumsden

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are among the most common infectious diseases in the UK. There were nearly 800,000 cases of such infections last year. But that doesn't tell the whole story. Many people don't realize they are infected because there are often no visible symptoms. The true number of infected people could be far, far greater. Over twenty STDs have now been identified but the most common are as follows:

- AIDS (click here for the complete facts on HIV and AIDS)
- Chlamydial Infection
- Genital Warts
- Gonorrhea
- Herpes
- Syphilis

Chlamydial Infection

Chlamydial is now one the most common of all sexually transmitted disease effecting well over 100,000 people in the UK. The infection manifest itself in an abnormal genital discharge and a burning sensation when urinating. However, in many cases there are apparently no symptoms, a fact which means many people will not realize they are infected. In Chlamydial is untreated it can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease in women. This can it turn can cause infertility and ectopic pregnancies and infertility in women. The Chlamydial infection can be simply and effectively treated with an antibiotics.

Genital Warts

Genital warts are caused by a similar virus to the one that causes common skin warts. The initial signs of genital warts are small, hard lumps in the vagina, the penis, or the area of the anus. They can then grow in size and appearance. Approximately 90,000 people in the UK are infected with genital warts each year. They can be treated with cream or they can be removed by through freezing or surgery.

Gonorrhea

Gonorrhea effects nearly 30,000 people in the UK every year. The most common symptoms of gonorrhea are an abnormal genital discharge and sometimes difficulty urinating. The disease has more serious consequences for women with ectopic pregnancies and infertility amongst the potential results. Gonorrhea is very similar to Chlamydial and likewise it can be effectively treated with antibiotics.

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