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How did I get herpes? Did my partner cheat? Or did I have it before the relationship? How long can herpes stay dormant? These are some of the questions that people newly diagnosed with genital herpes ask. Here's what we know about how this infection occurs. The first outbreak usually occurs within 2-10 days of exposure to the virus. This outbreak may be a sore or lesion in or around the vagina or on the cervix in women or on the penis and scrotum of men. Men or women can get lesions within the urinary tract, around or inside the anus, on the buttocks, thighs or other parts of the body. Usually the lesions start as reddened bumps which evolve over hours or days into blisters/open sores which crust over, dry up and heal. Sometimes a second crop of lesions occur. The initial infection may be severe and have more generalized symptoms such as fever, headache and muscle aches. However, these lesions are not the only symptom of an initial outbreak. Symptom...
What is the Definition of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)? Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are transmitted sexually by someone who is infected. These infections are usually passed by intercourse, but can also be passed through other types of sex, such as oral sex. STDs can be caused by viruses or bacteria. If you have ever had sex, you may be at risk for having an STD. You are at higher risk if you have had many sex partners, have had sex with someone who has had many partners, or have had sex without using condoms (rubbers). Description of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) Sexually transmitted diseases (also called venereal diseases) are among the most common infectious diseases in the U.S. today. At least 20 STDs have now been identified. They affect more than 10 million men and women in this country each year. It is important to understand at least five key points about all STDs in this country today: STDs affect men and women of all backgrounds and eco...
“Why can’t a woman be more like a man?” Those words by Professor Henry Higgins in “My Fair Lady” pose a question that for a long time seemed to be the norm. Even today when I read new health research, it becomes apparent that many in the medical profession make sweeping statements about how health conditions are the same in all people, as in men and women.
But we know now that most often, this isn’t true. So what are some of the diseases and the differences?
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development pointed to eight health conditions in which women are affected differently than men. These conditions include:
Heart disease – This condition is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. While it also is the leading cause of death for men, women are more likely to die after a heart attack then men. In addition, women often experience more delays in emergency care and to have treatment to c...
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