More on the 7 most common STI’s

There are more than 30 sexually transmitted diseases that are induced by bacteria, viruses, fungi or unicellular organisms. Syphilis, gonorrhoea, ulcus molle (chancroid) and lymphogranuloma, are embedded in the Austrian law for sexually transmitted infections and are called the “classical” venereal diseases. Other such infections are for example HIV, trichomoniasis vaginalis, chlamydia, human papillomavirus (HPV), herpes genitalis and scabies. Sexually transmitted infections that affect other organs include hepatitis A, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and cytomegalovirus infection.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), every day one million people are newly infected with on the four following sexually transmitted infections: chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis or trichomoniasis vaginalis.

The infections often occur with either few, nonspecific or no symptoms at all. As a result, they often remain undetected for long periods of time and can thus be transmitted unknowingly through (unprotected) sexual contact. The use of safer sex tools can reduce the risk of transmission for most sexually transmitted infections.

The indicated information cannot replace neither an examination from a medical professional nor an appropriate treatment.

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