Sexually transmitted diseases in men
Oftentimes, men with sexually transmitted diseases don’t have symptoms.
If you don’t ask your doctor for STD testing, you’re less likely to be screened at your annual physical exam.
Many STDs are curable, and they’re usually treated with either antibiotics or antiviral drugs.
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) affect tens of millions of people in the United States, and there are almost 20 million new infections each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Men may not realize they’re infected, because many infected men have no symptoms. However, that doesn’t mean that STDs aren’t affecting their health.
Not all STDs have symptoms, but when they occur in men, they can include:
pain or burning during urination
a need to urinate more frequently
pain during Release
abnormal discharge from the man-hood, particularly colored or foul-smelling discharge
bumps, blisters, or sores on the man-hood or private parts
COMMON STDS IN MEN
Common STDs in men
The most common STDs affecting men include:
Symptoms: Symptoms include pain when urinating, pain in the lower abdomen, and penile discharge.
Prevalence: In 2015, there were 478,981 reported cases in men (or 305.2 per 100,000 men) in the United States.
Keep in mind: Most people with chlamydia don’t experience symptoms. Because of this, experts believe that many cases go unreported.
Treatment: Chlamydia is treated with an antibiotic regimen, and you can usually recover from a case within a week or so.
private part herpes
Symptoms: Symptoms include itching and pain, tiny fluid-filled or red-colored bumps, and ulcers that may eventually leave scabs.
Prevalence: Around 15 percent of people in the United States have private part herpes. It affects over 500 million people worldwide.
Keep in mind: It’s possible to spread herpes even if you don’t have sores or symptoms.
Treatment: Antiviral medicines, such as acyclovir and valacyclovir, can treat outbreaks. However, no cure exists for herpes.
private part warts and human papillomavirus (HPV)
Symptoms: Symptoms include small areas of swelling around the man-hood (in the case of private part warts), cauliflower-shaped warts, and itching around the man-hood.
Prevalence: Around 45 percent of men in the United States currently have human papillomavirus (HPV), which can sometimes cause private part warts. It affects 79 million Americans overall.
Keep in mind: There is currently no recommended HPV test for men.
Treatment: private part warts are usually treated with a medication that’s applied to the warts. However, they can also be removed surgically if medication doesn’t work.
Symptoms: Symptoms include burning during urination, yellow or green discharge, and pain in the testicles.
Prevalence: In 2015, there were 395,216 reported cases (or 123.9 per 100,000 people) in the United States.
Keep in mind: If left untreated, a gonorrhea infection can increase a person’s chances of getting HIV.
Treatment: Gonorrhea is usually treated with a regimen of two medications, or dual therapy.
Symptoms: Symptoms include fever, rash, sore throat, and swollen lymph nodes. Symptoms worsen as HIV infection progresses.
Prevalence: Over 1.2 million people in the United States are currently infected with HIV.
Keep in mind: HIV is thought to occur more frequently in men who have s*x with men because of the additional risk of infection from an*l s*x.
Treatment: HIV isn’t curable, but it can be treated by several classes of drugs that stop the virus from copying itself and taking over body cells.
Symptoms: Symptoms are rare in men, but can include itching on the man-hood, painful urination, and penile discharge.
Prevalence: Over 3 million people in the United States have the infection.
Keep in mind: Around 20 percent of people with trich are re-infected within three months of being treated.
Treatment: Trich is easy to cure and is usually treated with one dose of antibiotic.
Prevention for men
STDs can affect any man who is sexually active, regardless of his age, race, or s*xual orientation. However, many STDs are highly preventable.
Abstinence is the only foolproof method to protect against STDs. However, by being aware of changes in your body and practicing safer s*x, you can protect yourself and your partners. Consistently practicing safe s*x makes the transmission of an infection less likely.
STDs can be transmitted through vaginal, oral, and an*l s*x. It’s important to practice safe s*x during all s*xual activities. Condoms can be used for vaginal, oral, and an*l s*x. Dental dams and other barriers can be used for any type of oral s*x.
Many people believe that oral s*x is risk-free. However, numerous STDs can be transmitted during oral s*x, including syphilis, herpes, and gonorrhea.
Some STDs spread more easily during an*l s*x. These STDs may be more common in men who have s*x with men. No matter your s*xual orientation, you should take good care of your s*xual health by always having safe s*x and being regularly tested for STDs.