STD means Sexual Transmitted Disease. With it come diseases that are mostly transmitted through sex. There are different causes for disease with an STD, but they can be found in the mucus of the vagina, but also in the sperm or behind the foreskin. When contact is made with a disease carrier, it can be transmitted to the partner. With some STD’s a little wound is needed for transmission, but in most cases it even works without that. An STD can also be transmitted in another way, like drug use, blood transfusions and intimate contact (not sexually).

Symptoms of an STD:
The symptoms of an STD differ, because not everyone has complaints when they experience one. There are a couple of STD’s that are easily to treat when they are in the first stage, they can have serious consequences when they aren’t taken care of. The symptoms most people have to deal with are:
-Swollen glands in the groin
-Ache in one or both testicles
-Blisters/warts near the genitals or mouth
-Pain in the underbelly
-Pus from the vagina, penis or anus
-Unregular or abnormal blood loss, for example after or during intercourse or between two menstruation periods
-Burning sensation during urinating
-Itch in the pubic hair, penis, labia’s and/or anus
-Pain during sex

Incubation period of STD’s
With an STD it’s unclear what the incubation period is. This is different with any STD. Below you can find the incubation period for every STD.

Syphilis Two to twelve weeks (generally three weeks)
Herpes Two to twenty days
Genital warts One to nine months
Crab louse One day to two weeks
Scab Three to six weeks
Gonorrhoea One day to three weeks (the STD is a-symptomatic)
Chlamydia One day to five weeks (the STD is a-symptomatic)
Hepatitis B One to six months

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