Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Men

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs in Men) Summary
Sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs, are infections that are transmitted during any type of sexual exposure, including intercourse (vaginal or anal), oral sex, and the sharing of sexual devices, such as vibrators. Although treatment exists for many STDs, others currently are usually incurable, such as those caused by HIV, HPV, hepatitis B and C, and HHV-8.
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Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in men facts

  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can be spread (transmitted) by intercourse, kissing, oral-genital contact, and sharing sexual devices.
  • Aside from abstinence, the use of latex barriers, such as condoms, during intercourse and oral-genital contact (although not 100% effective) is the best means of preventing the spread of STDs.
  • Genital or oral ulcers are most often caused by herpes simplex, chancroid, syphilis, and lymphogranuloma venereum.
  • Syphilis infection can either produce no symptoms or can cause oral or genital ulcers, rash, fever, or a variety of neurological illnesses ranging from forgetfulness to strokes.
  • Chlamydia and gonorrhea can be transmitted alone or together and cause inflammation of the urethra (urethritis), which the patient experiences as burning on urination and a penile discharge (dripping).
  • The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), is spread by infected blood or sexual secretions and is often associated with one or more of the other STDs.
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) causes genital warts and is associated with the development of anogenital cancer such as cervical cancer in women and anal or penile cancers in men.
  • Hepatitis B is transmitted primarily through sexual contact while hepatitis C is transmitted more commonly by contact with infected blood.
  • Human herpes virus 8 (HHV-8) is a recently identified virus that may be transmitted sexually and has been associated with Kaposi's sarcoma (an unusual skin tumor), and possibly certain lymphomas (tumors of the lymph tissue).
  • Pubic lice and scabies are tiny parasitic bugs that can be spread by skin-to-skin contact.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/16/2014

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Symptoms of STDs in Men

Some STDs in men cause no symptoms. Other STDs cause noticeable symptoms.