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Jennifer Lawson English 102 Dr Kulmala April 9 2001 Sexually Transmitted Diseases As humans we all have sexual needs that need to be fulfilled Whether or not in a relationship a person should be very careful about choosing a sex partner Sex is something that should be treated very seriously Sexually transmitted diseases are some of the most infectious diseases in the United States Commonly called STDs these diseases infect many people each year With case studies and statistics I plan to explain the dangers involved with such diseases I also intend to explain the seriousness of sexually transmitted diseases and the possible treatments for them Many STDs can be cured if they are treated early but they can also cause problems with reproduction health or lead to severe andor permanent damage These problems may include blindness cancers heart disease and death Brandt 21 STDs are growing rapidly in the US and many people are not aware of their existence Herpes simplex virus HSV causes herpes infections More than 40 million Americans are infected with genital herpes and as many as 500000 new cases are reported each year Women who acquire herpes during pregnancy can transmit the virus to their babies Untreated HSV infections in newborns can result in mental retardation Ross 7 Herpes is not the only disease that is spreading quickly New chlamydial infections affect four million people annually and 45000 Americans are diagnosed with AIDS every year Ross 16 Today there are more than twenty known STDs throughout the world affecting more than 13 million men and women in this country each year Many STDs are curable but at the same time many are not curable AIDS Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome was first reported in the US in 1981 AIDS is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus HIV a virus that destroys the bodys ability to fight off infection Ross 5 An estimated 1
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