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Chlamydia is a very common STD. Most people have very few symptoms with this infection. There can be no symptoms, or mild symptoms, such as odorless discharge, mild burning, but if left untreated it can be severe for women. Women can develop Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) and this causes infertility because of scarring to the fallopian tubes.
If chlamydia is found early, it can be successfully treated with antibiotics. Since women rarely know they have a problem, it is important for a man who has been infected to tell his partner quickly.
Vaginitis is a group of diseases that affect women. The three most common are trichomoniasis, yeast infection, and bacterial vaginosis. Although women have the symptoms, men can be carriers of these infections. If a female has any of these infections, her partner should also be treated.
Trichomoniasis produces a frothy yellow discharge and can have itching and burning. The discharge may have an odor.
Yeast infections (Genital Candidiasis) produce cottage cheese like discharge and can itch intensely.
Bacterial vaginosis causes a grayish-white discharge, that is watery and strong smelling.
With yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis your partner may not need to be treated. If you have symptoms of any of these, seek medical help.
Gonorrhea If left untreated, in men and women, they can become sterile. Men may have a discharge, painful urination, or both. Women often have no symptoms early in the infection, but can later have discharge, abdominal pain, and fever. Gonorrhea can be treated with antibiotics.
Syphilis If left untreated syphilis can cause heart and brain damage, even death. The first symptom is usually a painless sore that may not be noticed. Later symptoms include rash and fever. Free and confidential testing is available at the Health Center for this infection. Syphilis is very serious but can be treated with antibiotics.
Pubic Lice (phthirus pubis), also known as "crabs," is an infestation of a small yellowish gray louse in the pubic hair. After a blood feeding, in which the louse buries its head under the skins surface, it becomes a red rust color. It lays eggs called "nits" at the base of the hair shaft. It is spread through close physical contact.
Some people can have allergic reactions to the lice bites and experience intense itching. Others may have no symptoms at all. Pubic lice can be eliminated with treatment.
Learn all you can about STDs, use protection, and get checked regularly.