Pediatric kidney transplantation part 153



Sexually transmitted disease

It is especially important for transplant patients to keep from getting sexually transmitted diseases. The transplant drugs they take make the risk of infection and of serious problem higher. There a lot of different sexually transmitted diseases, but they all have one thing in common: they are spread from one person to another during some type of sexual activity.

Well known sexually transmitted diseases include chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, crab lice, syphilis, condylomata (genital warts), trichomoniasis, herpes simplex virus (HSV), HIV (the virus that causes AIDS), and hepatitis B and hepatitis C (two different viruses that cause liver disease). Some sexually transmitted diseases are much more dangerous than others and can make you very sick. Some can be deadly.

There are treatments for some sexually transmitted diseases, but not for all of them. Prevention is very important. Often a person can have a sexually transmitted diseases and not know it because they have no symptos and don’t feel sick. They can spread the disease to their sexual partners if they are not careful.


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