New diseases emerge all the time, and sexually transmitted infections, also known as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), are no exception
The CNN reports that four new batch of STDs have been discovered by scientists. As a result of their newness to us, treatments and cures have not yet been settled upon.
Of course, this means that people would have to take extra care with the ways in which they go about their intimate lives.
YEN.com.gh lists the four new STDs that have been discovered.
1. Neisseria Meningitidis
This can cause invasive meningitis, a potentially deadly infection of the brain and spinal cord's protective membranes.
Roughly 5 to 10 percent of adults likewise carry N. meningitidis in the back of the nose and throat.
Studies suggest they can potentially transmit the bacteria to partners through deep kissing and other extreme activities.
2. Mycoplasma genitalium
Mycoplasma genitalium, one of the smallest bacteria known, is gaining an outsized reputation as a worrisome STD.
Identified in the 1980s, the bacterium today infects an estimated 1 to 2 percent of people and is especially common in adolescents and young adults.
It has been associated with infertility, miscarriage, premature birth and even stillbirth.
3. Shigella flexneri
Shigellosis (or Shigella dysentery) is passed on by direct or indirect contact with human waste.
The infection causes severe stomach cramps and explosive bouts of blood and mucus-filled diarrhea.
This disease is said to be popular among kids and gay men.
4. Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV)
LGV may first produce a temporary genital pimple, blister or ulcer, and then invade the body's lymphatic system.
Over the past decade, LGV has become increasingly common in Europe and North America, and has been associated with multiple disease outbreaks, especially among gay men.
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