6 STDs You’ve Probably Never Heard Of
Let’s say you suspect you’ve contracted an STD, so you decide to make the decision to seek out treatment. You’re most likely thinking: “Great, I probably have Gonorrhea… or worse, crabs!” As you’re patiently waiting for your results to come back and pondering your diagnosis, you finally get a phone call from your doctor saying: “You have Lymphogranuloma venereum”. Your jaw drops and and your facial expression reads: Lympho-what!?
We’re all familiar with the most common STDs like gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes, HPV, etc. But there are other STDs out there that shouldn’t be left off your radar. In order to paint you a full picture of sexually transmitted diseases, we’ve created a list of 6 STDs you’ve most likely never even heard of, but should be aware of.
1. Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV). Lymphogranuloma venereum (or LGV for short) is an STI that is spread through sexual contact. Although uncommon in the U.S, it’s seen in places like Central and South America. More men are also diagnosed with LGV than women… sorry to break it to you, gentlemen! LGC appears in three stages. First: tiny sores and ulcers appear at the site of the infection. Second: fever, chills, and swollen glands. Third, if the STI hasn’t been treated, swelling of the reproductive organs may persist. Luckily, LGV is easy to cure and can be treated with an antibiotic.
2. Chancroid. Chancroid is a bacterial STI that causes painful ulcers and open sores in the genital region. This STI is more common in tropical climates and is endemic in parts of Asia and Africa. Symptoms in women are often less noticeable and may be limited to painful intercouse, unusual vaginal discharge, and painful urination. The good news is, Chancroid can be treated with antibiotics. However, if an infected person waits too long to get treatment, ulcers may worsen and need to be drained or removed in order to prevent a more serious infection.
3. Molluscum Contagiosum. Each year, many cases of Molluscum Contagiosum are diagnosed. This STD can be spread not only through vaginal and anal sex, but also by sharing towels and sex toys. Symptoms include shiny, white-dimpled bumps or wart-like growths that have an indentation in the middle. Itching and swelling may occur. Molluscum Contagiosum will go away on its own. However, the process could take up to a year without treatment. Bumps can be removed through medications and other procedures, if needed.
4. Donovanosis. Donovanosis is an STD that causes chronic genital ulcers. There are only roughly about 100 cases reported in the U.S. each year! Although Donovanosis is pretty rare and is only seen in more underdeveloped regions, there has been a resurgence of new cases appearing in places like Australia and South Africa. Donovanosis is easily spread through vaginal and anal sex, but rarely oral sex. Donovanosis can be treated with an antibiotic.
5. Cytomegalovirus. Believe it or not, Cytomegalovirus is actually very common. According to Planned Parenthood, about 80% of the U.S. population are expected to be carriers. Then why have we included it in our list of STDs you’ve probably never heard of? Because this STD usually occurs without symptoms and doesn’t pose any significant threat or consequence for adults, therefore going unnoticed. The biggest risk with Cytomegalovirus is in those with already compromised immune systems and pregnant women, as it can harm the fetus. Currently, there is no cure for Cytomegalovirus.
6. Parasitic infections: Okay… you might need to mentally prepare yourselves for this one. Especially if you get squirmy at the thought of worms and creepy crawlers. Parasitic STDs, sometimes called “love bugs” can be transmitted through sexual contact. Parasites can appear as small worms in and around your intestines and genital region. Symptoms can include diarrhea, nausea, abdominal pain, and the like. It is recommended to use dental dams and latex gloves when coming in contact with the anus. One of the most common parasitic STDs is Trichomoniasis.
No matter what type of STD you have, besafemeds can treat it! If you’re worried that you’ve contracted an STI and are concerned about discretion, besafemeds is the online STD treatment provider for you! Our team is dedicated to providing you quick STD treatment in a comfortable and private process. All you have to do is fill out the diagnostic form on our website and tell us your age, symptoms, and allergies (if any). Soon after, one of our qualified doctors or nurse practitioners will call you to discuss your diagnosis and treatment options. It’s as easy as that! As always, feel free to contact us with any questions, comments, or concerns!‹ Back to Blog