Hi, I am Susan your health counselor from DXsaver.com. Today I am going to explain about Sexually transmitted diseases or STDs in this short video. We will cover the following topics risks, causes, types, symptoms, and prevention We all know how dangerous sexually transmitted diseases are if left untreated Nearly 20 million cases of STDs are diagnosed every year in the United States according to the Center for American Progress And the numbers are increasing Sexually transmitted diseases are infections caused by bacteria, viruses, yeast, and parasites, and are transmitted from one person to another during sexual intercourse The infection generally affects the genital areas of both men and women as it is the most ideal area for microorganism growth Sometimes there are chances of getting STDs when you come into close contact with moist objects like towels, wet clothing or toilet seats used by an infected person. In general, there are nine most common sexually transmitted diseases namely chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, herpes, syphilis and HIV Sexually transmitted infections hardly show any symptoms at an early stage The most common symptoms in women are unusual vaginal discharge painful urination, pain during sexual intercourse lower abdominal pain and heavy menstrual bleeding. In men, the symptoms are thick penile discharge burning sensation while urination, swollen testicles, painful bowel movements and irritation inside the penis STDs like HIV, herpes and hepatitis can only be controlled while other STDs can be cured if diagnosed at an early stage of infection So is advised to get tested for STDs at least once a year other ways to prevent STDs include regular vaccination, using a condom during sexual intercourse, practicing monogamy and making sure that your sex partners have taken the STD testing. I personally recommend every sexually active person to get tested for STD at least once a year and if you are looking to get tested click on the link in the description below to compare different providers and order your STD testing. If you learned something new about STD today Like, comment, and share this video. Subscribe to our channel to keep on learning new things about different medical conditions.