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Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD), Here Are Ten Warning Signs You Should Not Ignore

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Sexually Transmitted Diseases are diseases that are primarily transmitted through sexual activities which are not limited to penetrative sex; they can also be transmitted through oral and anal sex.

Many people suffer from STDs in silence with most being overly shy to talk about it and to also see a doctor because they believe it’s a stigma. It must be emphasized that it is always the best to seek early diagnosis and treatment because most STDs have terrible consequences if not treated early.

The common Sexually Transmitted Diseases include Genital Herpes and Human Papilloma Virus/Genital Warts. Others are Chlamydia, Syphilis, Gonorrhoea, and HIV.

As much as it is possible to have a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) without showing any symptom, it is nevertheless important that you are informed enough to know when symptoms arise so that you can seek medical attention.

Below are 10 important signs that you may have a Sexually Transmitted Disease,

1. Penile and Vaginal Discharge

The discharge may come in varying colours depending on the exact cause of the infection. It may also be foul smelling especially in the case of females.

2. Rash

Rash may appear around the genital area and it could even appear over the body depending on the STD.

3. Painful Urination

Urinating may become painful with or without discharge.

4. Sores, Bumps or Warts around the Genital Area

You may start having swellings around your genitals with some swellings rupturing to become sores which may be painful or painless. Warts are small growths that may hang from the skin in the genital area and they are also an important pointer to STDs.

5. Bleeding

Females may often find themselves bleeding outside their monthly period.

6. Diarrhoea, weight loss and night sweats

As the disease progresses, the above symptoms may begin to surface. There is frequent passage of loose stools with associated weight loss which may become evident with loose fitting of cloths. Night sweats are also another sign.

7. Painful Sexual Intercourse

Sex may start to become painful and this may cause sexual displeasure.

8. Itching around the Genitals

This can affect both males and females alike. The itching can become very severe causing serious discomfort and there may be self-inflicted wounds due to intense finger scratching.

9. Sores on the lips or tongues

As noted earlier, STDs can be transmitted through oral sex. If this is the route of transmission, then there could be sores on the lips and/or the tongue.

10. Fever, Aches, Nausea and Vomiting

This may be a non-specific symptom that can be experienced in many other diseases asides STDs. However, the combination of these symptoms with any of the other ones listed above may be a strong indication that it is a STD.

Early diagnosis and treatment is important in all cases of STDs because the later treatments are started, the more difficult it becomes to treat. This is why it is important that you see a doctor immediately you suspect you have a STD. Just taking some medications for some days can help free you from the discomfort.

One important thing is that you should not only be the one seeking medical attention, your sexual partner(s) too should be encouraged to do the same because if they don’t get treatment, there is a high likelihood of you getting re-infected.

Preventing Sexually Transmitted Diseases

STDs are largely preventable. Taking the following precautions can lower your chances of contracting an STD

  • Always use a new condom during sexual intercourse.

  • Put condom on when partner is erect and before any genital contact.

  • Use only water based lubricants, ie KY Jelly. Oil based lubricants such as vaseline and lotions can cause condoms to weaken or break.

  • Withdraw penis while still erect, holding the condom firmly at the base.

  • Female condoms can also be used.

  • Spermicides such as contraceptive films, foams, or gels are not effective in preventing STDs

  • STDs, particularly genital herpes, can be spread through oral sex. A dental damn or condom should be used at all times during oral-genital contact.

Not all STDs can be cured. HIV, herpes, and human papiloma virus (hpv) or gential warts are examples of STDs that cannot be cured at this time. Gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis can be treated with antibiotics. It is imperative that both you and your partner are treated. Take any and all prescribed medication. You should abstain from all sexual contact until you and your partner are disease free. A follow up visit is usually required to determine this.

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Top 10 Most Beautiful Places To Visit Before You Die!

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Everyone wants to travel the world and visit the beautiful sites, but with so many places to visit where do you start? Here we come to you with the list of 10 most incredibly super awesome places to visit around the world, before you die.

Whitehaven Beach – Australia

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Whitehaven Beach is known for its white sands. The Beach is a 7 km stretch along Whitsunday Island. The island is accessible by boat from the mainland tourist ports of Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour, as well as Hamilton Island. The Beach was named the top Eco Friendly Beach in the world by CNN.com. Dogs are not permitted on the beach and cigarette smoking is prohibited.

Westin Maui Resort & Spa Hawaii

Westin Maui Resort & Spa Hawaii
A fantastic lobby with waterfalls and pools greets visitors to this lush Kaanapali resort where the impressive scenery, friendly service, fabulous spa and awesome swimming pools are the highlights. The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka’anapali is located along a breathtaking stretch of the gorgeous, white-sand Ka’anapali Beach.

The Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye – Scotland

The Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye - Scotland
If you are backpacking in Scotland generally or are planning a trip to the Isle of Skye then I heartily recommend that you visit the so-called Fairy Pools.The Fairy Pools is located in Cuillins Hills, Isle of Skye, Scotland. The Fairy Pools are a series of clear, cold pools and waterfalls formed as Allt Coir’ a’ Mhadaidh tumbles down from the foothills of the Black Cuillins into Glen Brittle.

Marble Caverns of Carrera Lake – Chile

Marble Caverns
Azure temple, Lake General Carrera in Patagonia, Chile, A natural wonder that could be the world’s most beautiful cave network. An Azure Temple created by nature, the walls of this network of water-filled marble caverns show just how magnificent the precious geography of our planet can be.

The Shahara Bridge – Yemen

The Shahara Bridge - Yemen
This bridge was constructed in 17th century to connect towns at the tops of mountains in the state of Yemen. Shahara Bridge built to fight against Turkish invaders. It’s a scary bridge and a popular tourist attraction.

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Havasu Falls – Grand Canyon National Park

Havasu Falls - Grand Canyon National Park
Havasu Falls is paradise on Earth. This is an absolutely amazingly beautiful waterfall located in a remote canyon of Arizona. The spectacular waterfalls and isolated community within the Havasupai Indian Reservation attract thousands of visitors each year. The Havasupai are intimately connected to the water and the land. This blue- green water is sacred to the Havasupai.

Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon – Iceland

Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon
Fjaðrárgljúfur is a canyon in south east Iceland which is up to 100 m deep and about 2 kilometres long, with the Fjaðrá river flowing through it. It is located near the Ring Road, not far from the village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur.The canyon was created by progressive erosion by flowing water from glaciers through the rocks and palagonite over millennia.

Arang Kel, Neelum Valley – Kashmir, Pakistan

Arang Kel, Neelum Valley - Kashmir, Pakistan
A Breathtaking, Lush Green Village in Neelum Valley, Kashmir. Situated at the hill top near Kel, about 1500 feet ascend from River Neelam. It is also a village full of beautiful sceneries. It is a piece of utmost beauty, one can find in Kashmir. Visit Neelum Valley for Arang Kel, a worth visiting place.

Arang Kel, also known as the Pearl of Neelum Valley. It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places to visit once in life. Its an amazing 30-45 mins trek from Kel. I must say! It’s just breathtaking.

The Dark Hedges – Northern Ireland

The Dark Hedges - Northern Ireland
This beautiful avenue of beech trees was planted by the Stuart family in the eighteenth century. The Dark Hedges is one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland and a popular attraction for tourists from across the world. It was intended as a compelling landscape feature to impress visitors.

This beautiful tree tunnel has been used to film a scene in HBO’s popular television series Game of Thrones. Since that the Dark Hedges became so popular, and that’s why we included it “top most beautiful places to visit before you die! In addition, the Dark Hedges have also been used in the 2017 Transformers film The Last Knight.

Coast near Marsa Matruh – Egypt

Coast near Marsa Matruh - Egypt
Mersa Matruh is a major Egyptian tourist resort and serves as a getaway resort for Europeans as well as Cairenes eager to flee the capital in the sweltering summer months. It is served by Mersa Matruh Airport. The city is known for its white soft sands and calm transparent waters.

Marsa Matruh is a cool attraction for beach lovers. It has become a destination for millions of tourists. The beach there is too good. Sugar sand, crystal clear blue water that has a coolness to it during the most hot months of the year. However, not much coral or underwater activities there.

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Carbon dioxide could help reduce belly fat

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Scientists have identified a new technique that eliminates stomach fat with the first randomised, controlled trial testing of carbon dioxide gas injections.

A report published in the Northwestern Medicine noted that the changes were modest and did not result in long-term fat reduction.

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The lead author and the vice-chair of dermatology at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Dr. Murad Alam, said, “Carboxytherapy could potentially be a new and effective means of fat reduction. It still needs to be optimised. So, it is long lasting.”

The paper was published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology described the new technique as a “safe, inexpensive gas, and injecting it into fat pockets may be preferred by patients who like natural treatments.”

According to sciencedaily.com, the current technologies routinely used for non-invasive fat reduction include cryolipolysis, high intensity ultrasound, radiofrequency, chemical adipocytolysis and laser-assisted fat reduction.

The new technique, known as Carboxytherapy, has been performed primarily outside the United States, with a few clinical studies suggesting that it may provide a lasting improvement in abdominal contours.

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Researchers Identifies the genome of the most common cancer among younger men

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In the case of UNC’s testicular cancer mapping, researchers analyzed 137 testicular germ cell tumors to find unique molecular features. They discovered certain changes in the RAS gene family. These are the type of genes that make proteins involved in cell signaling pathways that control cell growth and death. Members of the RAS family include KRAS, HRAS, and NRAS, the most common oncogenes in human cancer.

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“We identified distinct molecular events that were associated with different histological types of testicular germ cell cancer,” Hoadley said. “While we found recurrent mutations in KIT, KRAS, and NRAS, they were only discovered in a subset of seminomas. However, we noted strong epigenetic components — DNA methylation and miRNA — that are likely very important in testicular germ cell tumorigenesis. We also identified a previously underappreciated subset of seminomas defined by KIT mutations that likely occur early. These tumors had a complete global lack of DNA methylation that locks them in a state with similarity to primordial germ cells.”

Hopefully, this turns out to be yet another piece in the puzzle on the road to curing cancer once and for all. While we’re still a long way from that, mapping the genome of existing cancers will give scientists far more information about exactly what it is that they’re up against.

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