#SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are mainly transmitted during unprotected sexual intercourse (anal, oral, and vaginal sex). Often there are no symptoms or complaints. It is possible to become infected with more than one STI. Many of them can be treated when diagnosed at an early stage. Untreated STIs may affect the overall health and cause chronic prostatitis and infertility.
Chlamydia and gonorrhoea symptoms include problems with urination and pain when urinating. In case of mycoplasmosis, there is additional irritation in the region of the urethra.
Trichomoniasis is characterised by a slimy discharge from the urethra.
Syphilis symptoms include small, painless sores that eventually disappear. In the absence of treatment, the syphilis-causing bacteria may damage different organs.
Hepatitis causes liver inflammation or liver necrosis. Hepatitis A and B can be prevented by means of vaccination; unfortunately, there is no vaccine against hepatitis C.
HIV is a chronic viral infection, which cannot be treated and which is transmitted through unprotected intercourse. HIV increases the body’s susceptibility to other infections and diseases.