Archive for April, 2007

Natural Peptide Protects Against HIV

According to an article in the Science Daily website (www.sciencedaily.com), a study done by a team of researchers in Germany were able to discover a human blood component that effectively blocks the HIV-,1 which is the virus that is predominantly responsible for causing human AIDS, from trying to infect immune cells and stop them from multiplying. The research team from the University of Ulm in Germany headed by Frank Kirchhoff have discovered that certain fragments of an abundant blood molecul…

Recommended Treatment for Gonorrhea

Gonorrhea is a disease that is caused by the Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacteria which can easily thrive and multiply in the warm and moist areas of the human reproductive system including the cervix, fallopian tubes and the urethra. It can also grow in the anus as well as in the mouth, throat and the eyes. This disease can be transmitted through direct sexual contact or in direct contact with infected areas of the body. Gonorrhea can be contracted during sex even without experiencing ejaculation or …

Symptoms of Chlamydia

Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the virus Chlamydia trachomatis. Chlamydia infection is caused by the organism Chlamydia trachomatis. It is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States. Sexually active individuals and individuals with multiple partners are at highest risk. Chlamydia may be acquired jointly with gonorrhea and/or syphilis, so individuals with one sexually transmitted disease must be screened for other sexually transmitted diseases as well…

What is Trichomoniasis?

Often referred to as “trich,” Trichomoniasis is a common sexually transmitted disease that affect about 2 to 3 million Americans every year. The infection is caused by a single-celled protozoan parasite called Trichomonas vaginalis. It is primarily an infection of the genitourinary tract, commonly affecting the urethra among men, and the vagina among women.Like many other sexually transmitted diseases, trichomoniasis often occurs without any symptoms especially among men, although si…

Chancroid, Sexually Transmitted Infection

Chancroid is a type of sexually-transmitted infection, which symptoms include painful sores on the genitalia. This disease is known to spread from one person to another through sexual contact, although men can contact chancroid by practicing poor hygiene.Chancroid is caused by a bacteria called Haemophilus ducreyi. This infection is commonly found in developing countries and often associated with sex workers and their clientele. Uncircumcized men have a greater risk than circumcized men from con…

Protection Against HPV

ALL diseases are nasty but they do not come any nastier than human papilloma virus (HPV) infection. It is sexually transmitted and for that reason it is underreported. The shame factor trumps public health policy. HPV is almost certainly one. And it stays that way simply because if it is not the cause of cervical cancer, it another underreported disease. Since there’s a strong correlation between HPV infection and cervical cancer, the two afflictions could be put together for prevention. T…

Learning About Vulvocandidiasis

Venereal diseases come in all sorts and sores. If it doesn’t itch, it probably is swelling. Or in some cases, “smelling”. The fact that venereal diseases are preventable entitles it to a spot in the list of “least likely to catch” diseases. But because of the promiscuity of the generation today, this status is not reached by any of the venereal diseases. In the end, since it targets the infection and the diseases of the genital areas of each gender, it becomes one of the …

Crab Lice or Pubic Lice

Crab lice, commonly called “crabs” because of its resemblance to a crab, are a type of human lice that live in clothing and the pubic area. They are wingless, about 1 to 3 millimeters long. They attach themselves to hair strands, and hatch out of pods called “nits.” These nits that are too tightly attached to be brushed off must be removed by pulling the hair or a fine-toothed comb.The crab louse can live in almost any human hair, but is found most commonly in pubic hair,…

Molluscum Contagiosum, Viral Infection

Also known as “MC”, Molluscum contagiosum is a viral infection that affect the skin and sometimes the mucous membranes. This disease infects humans, other primates, and even kangaroos.Although you can get a molluscum infection through direct contact, saliva, or shared articles of clothing, it is often sexually transmitted among adults and usually affects the genitals, lower abdomen, buttocks, and inner thighs. In some cases, infections are also found on the lips, mouth, and eyelids. …

Treatment of Herpes

No cure for herpes exists; however, recurrences tend to be milder and of shorter duration than the primary infection. Symptomatic and supportive therapy is essential. Generalized primary infection usually requires an analgesic-antipyretic to reduce fever and relieve pain. Anesthetic mouthwashes, such as viscous lidocaine, may reduce the pain of gingivostomatitis, enabling the patient to eat and preventing dehydration. (Avoid alcohol-based mouthwashes.) Drying agents, such as calamine lotion, eas…