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Sexual Health

Treponema pallidum

Treponema pallidum is the name of the causative organism of syphilis. It has a characteristic pale colour (pallidum) and spiral shape. It belongs to a small group of bacteria called spirochaets. Nasty as it may be in appearance it is nonetheless very ameniable to treatment with antibiotics.

Syphilis

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease or infection. It develops in three phases over a lifetime if not treated. In its final stage, when it affects the brain, it may be fatal. Caught in time syphilis is readily treated with antibiotics.

STD

Sexually Transmitted Disease. This is now more properly referred to as STI or Sexually Transmitted Infection. This group of diseases is spread through sexual activity. The old term for these diseases was “venereal disease”. Syphilis, gonorrhoea, chlamydia, herpes and HIV are all example of STD’s

Masturbation

Masturbation is self sexual stimulation as practiced universally by most, if not all, men and women. In Asia, where to subject is traditionally a taboo, there may be widespread and inappropriate guilt about masturbation among young men particularly. This causes much unnecessary misery and depression and a morbid preoccupation with guilt sometimes referred to as the DHAT syndrome.

Infertility

Infertility In men this is the inability to cause a pregnancy due usually to a low sperm count. In women this is the inability to become pregnant and can be due to a variety of reasons or no apparent reason. Infertility is not usually considered until a couple have been trying for a baby for over a year. This rule changes however if the woman is over 30 years of age.

Home Testing STD kits

Home Testing STD kits This is a package designed to collect various bodily specimens like urine, saliva and mucosal swabs before sending to a designated laboratory for STD testing. Home testing kits are very valuable in detecting STI’s that might not otherwise be detected. People love the convenience and privacy that home testing affords.

HIV

HIV Human Immunodeficiency Virus is the virus that causes STI called AIDS. AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency. One can have HIV infection without actually getting AIDS. Newer treatments today are very good at stopping the transition from HIV positive to full blown AIDS. In the developed world this has meant that to mortality rate from AIDS has fallen radically which of course is good news.

Herpes

Herpes is a family of viruses. They can be divided into two broad categories called Herpes Simplex Virus 1 and Herpes Simplex Virus 2. In the main Herpes Simplex Virus 1 are responsible for causing Cold Sores around the lips. Herpes Simplex Virus 2 on the other hand is responsible for causing Genital Herpes the sexually transmitted infection (STI) manifestation of the virus. When one talks about “Herpes” it is Genital Herpes that is usually in question.

Gonorrhea

Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection caused by a bacteria called the gonococcus. While gonorrhoea is treatable with antibiotics there is now growing concern about the ever increasing numbers of antibiotic resistant strains of gonococcus that are starting to emerge.

Chlamydia

Chlamydia is a common STD caused by a bacteria called Chlamydia trachomatis. It is easily treated if discovered in time. In women untreated it can cause blockage of her Fallopian Tubes, infertility and ectopic pregnancy. In that sense it can be fatal. Therefore all sexually active women, other than those in a monogamous relationship should be tested annually for chlamydia.