Venereal disease is any disease contracted through the sexual contact caused by infection with certain microorganisms. Due to venereal diseases, different body organs can be affected and number of complications may occur. These diseases are also known as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Venereal diseases are spread through exchange of body fluids such as semen, vaginal secretions or blood with an infected person. People who are having active sex life and often change partners are at highest risk of developing any of venereal diseases. There are number of sexually transmitted diseases, each with the specific symptoms. However, there are several common symptoms that refer to all venereal diseases.
Symptoms of Venereal Diseases
Unusual discharge from the genitals is the most common symptom of sexually transmitted disease. It is characterized by its thickness and foul smell. Another common symptom of venereal disease is pain that can be experienced in different parts of the body. Affected person usually suffers from burning pain when urinating, abdominal pain or constant pain. Sexual intercourse may become painful as well. Skin rash and sores in the genital area typically indicate venereal disease. However, skin on other parts of the body can be affected too. Sores may sometimes appear and disappear. Fever also usually accompanies sexually transmitted diseases just as large number of other medical conditions.
Common Venereal Diseases
Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a lethal venereal disease caused by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The diseases can be acquired through sexual contact, use of infected needles or blood transfusion. HIV/AIDS damages the immune system leading to susceptibility to different infections and health problems. Initially, HIV/AIDS is followed by flu-like symptoms such as fever and chills, cough, fatigue and sore throat. Lymph nodes in the neck, armpits and groin typically become swollen. Infected person suffers from diarrhea and gradually loses weight.
Chlamydia is a bacterial infection, which is usually diagnosed in advanced stages because it doesn’t initially cause symptoms. Common symptoms of this venereal disease are painful urination, white and thick vaginal discharge, clear and watery discharge from the penis, testicular pain and pain during sexual intercourse.
Genital herpes is caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV). It is also called herpes genitals. This venereal disease is accompanied with itching, sores and pain in the genital area. Throat can be affected by the disease too. Blisters on the skin, pain while urinating, vaginal discharge, fever and swollen lymph node in the groin are other symptoms of genital herpes.
Gonorea is sexually transmitted infection caused by bacteria. Gonorrhea affects the urethra, rectum, cervix, anus and throat, and may impair fertility. The symptoms of the disease are genital discharge, abdominal pain, burning pain while urinating, vaginal discharge with blood and anal itching. Pain in testicles is common in man.