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  » Men's health  »  STDs and Men

STDs and Men

Health problems from STDs tend to be more severe and more frequent in women because, many times, women do not have symptoms and delay getting care. But there are STDs with which men don't have symptoms either.

Although some STDs can be cured, other STDs are life long (can't be cured). STDs can affect your physical health, emotional health, and quality of life. Some STDs can cause life-threatening conditions, particularly when they are not treated. Here's what STDs can do to you:

  • increase your chances for getting infected with HIV
  • in women, cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which may lead to chronic pain, infertility (not able to have a baby), or ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy in the fallopian tube instead of the uterus or womb)
  • increase a woman's chances of getting cervical cancer (a certain strain of a virus called human papillomavirus [HPV] is the major cause of cervical cancer)

If your partner is pregnant, having an STD can:

  • cause her to go into labor early, cause her water to break early, and cause uterine infection after delivery
  • hurt the baby by causing him or her to have problems like a low birth weight, eye infection, pneumonia, infection in the blood stream, birth defects, chronic liver disease, or dying in the womb

If your partner is pregnant, she should be screened for chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B, HIV, and syphilis so treatment can begin right away and you can avoid hurting the baby. If your partner is pregnant and has a vaginal infection, it also is important to get it treated right away. Don't wait!