SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS (STIs)

GONORRHEA

Symptoms of Gonorrhea
Burning sensation when passing urine
The presence of pus from openings on the sex organs

Consequences Gonorrhea
Blockage of the urinary tract leading to discomfort and difficulty urinating

Sterility 
Pregnant mother who have the infection can result in the baby becoming blind if the bacteria gets into their eyes during birth.

SYPHILIS 

Symptoms of syphilis 
Painless sores on the external sex organs.
Fever
Skin rashes
Swollen lymph nodes

Consequences of syphilis
Damage to nerve cells
Loss of brain function
Heart disease
Blindness
Mothers can transmit the infection to their baby
Death 

CHLAMYDIA

Symptoms of Chlamydia
Often there are no visible symptoms
Sometimes the person feels a burning sensation when urinating or whitish discharge from the penis or vagina.

Consequence of Chlamydia 
Sterility

GENITAL HERPES

Symptoms of herpes
Blisters and sores appear at the site of the infection

Consequence
Blisters and sores incur pain and discomfort. The infection also spreads to close by areas of the body where blisters burst

HEPITITIS B

Symptoms of hepatitis B
Damaged liver resulting in bile getting into the blood stream. 
The eyes and skin take on a yellowish appearance and wastes (stool and urine) become discolored. 

Consequence of hepatitis B
Damage to the liver which can lead to liver cirrhosis, cancer and
eventually death 

AIDS

The Human Immune Deficiency Virus (HIV) which causes AIDS, lives in body fluids. It is transmitted through sexual intercourse, sharing an infected needle, blood transfusion with contaminated blood and breastfeeding. 

Symptoms of Aids

  • Loss of weight
  • Fever
  • Loss of energy and fatigue
  • Persistent diarrhea 
  • Coughing
  • Sores
  • Night sweating
  • Whitish coating on the tongue
  • Swollen lymph nodes

Consequences of Aids
The HIV virus attacks the white blood cells which are a vital part of the immune system. This lessens the body’s ability to fight infections.

As the disease progresses the patient suffers various consequences such as:

Damage to organs such as the heart, lungs and kidneys
Skin cancer
Pneumonia
Eventually Death  
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