STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) have been around since the “beginning of time.” And while HIV/AIDs and chlamydia and even genital herpes seem to get the most attention these days, others that have plagued past generations still continue to exist, even if their names are not as familiar as they once were. These include candiasis, chancroid, granuloma inguinal, trichomaniasis, lymphpgranuloma, verereum, syphilis and gonorrhea.
Although gonorrhea is often “silent” in women, symptoms (which appear anywhere from 1-3 weeks after infection) often include painful and frequent urination in both sexes. And while women may experience acute inflammation and itching in the vaginal area as well as clouded vaginal discharge and abnormal uterine bleeding, men often have yellow discharges of pus from their penises. Although new strains of the disease have become resistant to some forms of penicillin it can still be cured. However, if left untreated it can spread through the rest of the body and attack the bones, joints, tendons and other tissues.
Syphillis, on the other hand can eventually progress from sores to rash and flaking tissue in the mouth, genital area and anus, to eventual hearing loss, loss of vision and blindness as well as heart disease and brain damage if left untreated (although the worst symptoms are rarely seen today because of medical advances). The disease is caused by bacteria known as treponema, and be contacted through kissing as well as intercourse.
While all STDs generally involve itching and pain in the genital areas, as well as difficulty urinating, another symptom of trichonomasis included a “watery’ foamy” vaginal discharge that is greenish/yellow in color, while males may have a clean discharge from their urethra. This is also seen with chlamydia, although the discharge for this disease is more white and resembles cottage cheese in women. In the meantime, a “weeping vesicular eruption in the penis and vagina is an early sign of genital herpes, while genital warts are “cauliflower-like” growths on the genitalia and annual areas.
Early onset of AIDs, however can be deceiving and resemble a number of other illnesses, including headaches, night sweats, weight loss, fatigue, fever, swollen lymph glands, oral thrush, diahhrea and respiratory infections. Therefore it is extremely important for anyone who may be at particular risk for HIV/AIDs (including men who have unprotected sex with other men, as well as drug addicts who share needles, as well as healthcare workers who tend to AIDs patients) to be tested right away if any of these symptoms appear.
Suggested herbs that may help alleviate some symptoms associated with STDs include acidophilus, garlic capsules, Echinacea, goldenseal, pau d’arco and suma. However, they should not be considered “cures,” and it is very important that patients remain under a doctor’s care while suffering any of these serious conditions.