List of Sexually Transmitted Diseases

If you're having sex, you're upping your risk for sexually transmitted diseases. It's the truth. Sure, it's not a lovely part of sex, but it's certainly something that's been weighing on your mind. Wait, it's not? Okay, put those cherry flavored condoms down and listen up. Maybe you weren't paying attention in your health class, but sexually transmitted diseases are nothing to joke about - and nothing to ignore. Here is a list of sexually transmitted diseases that are most common. When you realize what you might be infecting yourself with because you don't want to wear that Trojan, you might rethink your next nighttime encounter - or at least, learn to cover up.

An Ever Growing List of Sexually Transmitted Diseases

As people continue to have sex (oh, you know you are), there are more items to add to the list of sexually transmitted diseases. Bacteria likes to change things up, so there tend to be more 'flavors' of STDs each year that can cause you to have icky symptoms or even long term damage to your nether regions. Here are just a few of the categories of STDs that you might be facing:

Bacterial sexually transmitted diseases can include everything from bacterial vaginosis to gonorrhea and Chlamydia. These diseases can be treated with high dose antibiotics, but only when they are caught in the early stages - and they don't tend to have a lot of symptoms which make their presence obvious. Since some of these diseases cause brain damage, you need to make sure you are being tested for sexually transmitted diseases whenever you have unprotected sex.

Viral sexually transmitted diseases are a bit more common among sexually active folks. Herpes is the 'winner' in this category, but HIV and AIDS are also a part of this group of STDs. Viral diseases can only be managed, they can not be cured. Some antivirals are available, but they will control the disease's symptoms, they will not make it go away. So, when you catch a viral STD, you're stuck with it. And you can pass it along to anyone else with whom you have unprotected sex, even if you don't have any symptoms.

Fungal sexually transmitted diseases are probably the easiest to cure - including yeast infections and jock itch. Some antifungal cream and a few days of recuperation will help you recover. However, these are a sign you passed some fungus from one person to the next, so you might want to wash up before heading to the bedroom again with that partner.

Parasites are not a fun thing to think about when it comes to this list of sexually transmitted diseases. But pubic lice and scabies happen. A lot. If you see creepy crawlies, it's time to get yourself to the doctor for cures that work quickly, though they probably aren't going to heal your pride.

This list of sexually transmitted diseases isn't complete, but it should be enough to make you think twice about unprotected sex. How will I know if I have an STD? If you haven't covered up and you've been with someone, there's always a chance.