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where did sexually transmitted diseases originate from?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Evolution at work!: Same as for most infections. There are billions of bacteria and viruses that inhabit our bodies, mostly beneficial or at least harmless but sometimes causing disease. The STDs are caused by some that evolved to cause disease, to survive best in the genital tract, and to require human intimacy for transmission. In other words, they evolved with humans as we ourselves evolved from earlier ancestors.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

Can STDs have effects on pregnancy?

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Dr. Rahil Malik
Obstetrics and Gynecology 10 years experience
Yes: Depending on what kind, it will change your pregnancy course. For instance, if you have had genital herpes, you may require medication or may require cesarean section to avoid neonatal complications. You should get a full evaluation by your OB doctor for common STDs like syphills, herpes, chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV etc.
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How did my baby get scabies?

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Dr. Alan Greene
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Pediatrics 34 years experience
Skin to skin: Scabies is a parasite that causes a very itchy skin rash. You contract scabies by touching someone who has it, or by sharing clothing or bedding with someone who has scabies.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Why did my doctor have to clamp and cut the cord during my delivery? Did I do something wrong?

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Dr. Craig Keathley
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
No: This occurs when the umbilical cord is around the baby's neck and cannot be easily reduced or slipped over the baby's head prior to completion of delivery. There is nothing you did to cause this.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Why did I get fibro and not everyone else?

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Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 35 years experience
Possibly genetic: There is some evidence that genes play a role in who develops fibromyalgia.
A 22-year-old member asked:

Are STDs for common with homosexuality?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Common regardless: Sexually transmitted diseases are common in any individual who is not in a strictly monogomus relationship, has had more than one sexual partner, and has unprotected sexual contact regardless of sexual orientation.

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