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  1. Sexual Problems in Women - Other Treatment

    Studies of alternative medicines for sexual problems are limited, but some of them show possible benefits. These include studies of herbal supplements and devices.

  2. Syphilis - What Increases Your Risk

    Read about risk factors for syphilis.

  3. Stages of Syphilis - Topic Overview

    Syphilis is described in terms of its four stages: primary, secondary, latent (hidden), and tertiary (late).Primary stageDuring the primary stage, a sore (chancre) that is usually painless develops at the site where the bacteria entered the body. This commonly occurs within 3 weeks of exposure but can range from 10 to 90 days. A person is highly contagious during the primary stage.In men, a chancre often appears in the genital area, usually (but not always) on the penis. These sores are often painless.In women, chancres can develop on the outer genitals or on the inner part of the vagina. A chancre may go unnoticed if it occurs inside the vagina or at the opening to the uterus (cervix), because the sores are usually painless and are not easily visible.Swelling of the lymph nodes may occur near the area of the chancre.A chancre may also occur in an area of the body other than the genitals. The chancre lasts for 3 to 6 weeks, heals without treatment, and may leave a thin scar. But

  4. Sexually Transmitted Infections: Genital Exam for Men - Topic Overview

    During a male genital exam for sexually transmitted infections,the doctor: Looks for discharge from the penis. The doctor may put a thin swab into the urethra and take a sample of fluid and cells to test for infections such as chlamydia or gonorrhea. Checks the testicles for swelling and tenderness. May use a small scope to look at the walls of the rectum for discharge and inflammation. May ...

  5. Syphilis - Prevention

    Learn ways to help prevent syphilis infection.

  6. Trichomoniasis - Cause

    Learn what causes trichomoniasis.

  7. Trichomoniasis - When To Call a Doctor

    Find out when to call a doctor about trichomoniasis or its possible symptoms.

  8. Syphilis: Gummata - Topic Overview

    Gummata are growths of pink, fleshy tissue that contain syphilis bacteria. They may appear as nodules or ulcers or become masses that are like tumors. Gummata are rare. When they do occur, they range from 1 mm to 1 cm in size. Common sites of gummata include the:Skin, where they cause shallow open sores that heal slowly.Mucous membranes. These gummas may become cancerous.Bones, where they cause destruction of bones and pain that is especially severe at night.Eyes, resulting in visual impairment that may lead to blindness.Respiratory system, where they cause hoarseness, breathing problems, and wheezing.Gastrointestinal system, where they cause stomach pain, inability to eat large meals, belching, and weight loss.Antibiotic treatment cures the syphilis infection and stops the development of gummata. But the scar tissue that forms after successful treatment will probably not go away.

  9. Trichomoniasis - Topic Overview

    What is trichomoniasis? Trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). It is sometimes called Trichomonas infection or trich (pronounced "trick").

  10. Biopsy of Genital Warts (Human Papillomavirus)

    Your health professional may take a sample, or biopsy, of abnormal tissue if genital warts cannot be easily identified with a physical examination or during a gynecology exam with a lighted magnifying instrument (colposcopy). A microscopic exam on the biopsied tissue can help your health professional determine whether cell changes have occurred that indicate infection with the human ...

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