Sexually transmitted diseases or STDs are, unfortunately, quite common nowadays, especially among younger people who have sexual relations with many different people. These diseases are transmitted through vaginal, anal or oral sex, and they can negatively affect the oral or genital region.
Orally transmitted diseases are particularly common, because people thinK, that this form of sexual activity is safe. Symptoms of orally transmitted sexual diseases are not very obvious, which is why many people are not even aware of having it.
There are several different forms of oral STDs, and they have their own symptoms.
Herpes is a very common orally transmitted disease caused by several strains of herpes virus. It is characterized by sores or lesions that appear on the lips, gums, tongue, inside the cheeks and on the roof of the mouth. Sores first appear as blisters, filled with clear fluid, which may burst and leave an ulcer-like lesion. Before the sores appear, there may be a feeling of itchiness or tingling in the area. Fever sometimes accompanies oral herpes, along with a general feeling of fatigue.
Syphilis is a bacterial infection that is easily transmitted through oral sex. It mainly affects the genital area, but some symptoms may affect the mucous lining of the mouth as well. The infected region develops painful open sores, with a rash appearing all over the body, and the lymph nodes usually becoming swollen. Sore throat is a common oral symptom of this disease.
Like syphilis, gonorrhea is one of the oldest sexually transmitted bacterial infections. It can be transmitted through oral, vaginal or anal sex. Most of the symptoms are concentrated in the genital and rectal area, with pain and swelling, thick secretion from the penis or the vagina, frequent and painful urination and painful intercourse.
Human papillomavirus is a virus that has many different strains, causing different conditions. If a person infected with HPV has oral sex with another person, the chance of infection is very high. The main symptom of oral HPV are warts which develop on or around the lips and inside the mouth.
Genital warts caused by HPV appear inside and around the vagina and the vulva and on the tip of the penis, and they can also develop around the rectum.
Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that can be transmitted orally as well, although its symptoms are usually focused on the genital area. Painful intercourse, increased discharge, frequent urge to urinate and pain while urinating are among the most common symptoms of this sexually transmitted disease.
Hepatitis A, B or C can be transmitted in many ways, and oral contact is one of them. This is a serious disease that causes inflammation of the liver. The symptoms include abdominal pain, loss of appetite, muscle fatigue, joint pain, nausea and vomiting and fever.