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The branch of medicine that deals with the treatment of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) is called venereology. A physician who practices venereology is called a venereologist. In many countries, venereology is a part of dermatology. Sexually transmitted diseases are infectious diseases that spread by sexual activity, mainly vaginal, anal, and oral sex. As most of the STDs do not show any signs or symptoms during the initial stages, there are more chances of it spreading to others.
The most common STDs affecting men and women are Human Papillomavirus (HPV), Chlamydia, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Herpes, Trichomoniasis, and HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus). The signs and symptoms may include vaginal discharge, ulcers around the genitals, penile discharge, pelvic pain, itching, painful urination, and flu-like symptoms. Depending on the disease, few STDs if left untreated, might lead to chronic pain, infertility, or death.
If you develop any of the symptoms after having unprotected sexual intercourse, do not try to treat these diseases yourself, as it can be contagious and dangerous. Often people ignore these diseases, as they feel embarrassed to visit a doctor in person. But with the help of online medical platforms, more people are addressing these problems and are getting help from professionally trained physicians online.
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