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can i live a normal life with a chronic std?

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Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 21 years experience
Absolutely: The 'stigma' of std's can be more distressing than the actual std. Become educated about your std. Participate in support groups & consider becoming a volunteer std counselor. Be pro-active in reducing the chances of infecting others by using condoms & getting partners tested & treated. Experiment with abstinence. Form a good relationship with an std provider & never delay management of your std.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

How common is it not to show signs of an std?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Very common: Up to 3/4 of women and many men are asymptommatic with chlamydia infections and many are also asymptommatic with gonorrhea. Most people are infected with hpv (80% of all women by age 50) and dont know it. Hsv is fequently asymptommatic. And even HIV has a period of time where a person has absolutely no symptoms.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Some STDs like chanceroid cause painful ulcers and would be difficult to ignore.
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A 21-year-old member asked:

Can you get STDs by oral sex?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Yes: Contrary to what many believe STDs can be passed from oral sex. Some diseases (herpes, hpv, syphilis) are passed from contact with infected skin. Others are passed through body fluids (gonorrhea, chlamydia).
A 22-year-old member asked:

Can I get an STD if my boyfriend pulls out?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Of COURSE!: Yes. Stds can be transmitted by skin-to-skin contact and contact with infected secretions. One can transmit STDs even without ejaculating at all, let alone doing so while pulling out. Always practice safe sex - use condoms and protect yourself!
A 21-year-old member asked:

Can an STD be fatal?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Yes!!!: Hiv is potentially fatal. Syphilis is potentially deadly. Herpes can cause encephalitis and death. Hpv (virus that causes genital warts) causes lots of different types of cancer that kill people (cervix, vaginal, vulvar, penile, anal, skin, head and neck cancers, etc...). Etc, etc, etc...
A 36-year-old member asked:

Why does my doctor need to screen me for STDs during pregnancy?

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Dr. Juan Richiusa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
Fetal infection: Screening is necessary because some of these infections can be transmitted to the fetus and can cause serious complications. At the same time, transmission can be prevented if treated early.

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