Thu November 22, 2012 By: Purnima Jain

give differences and similarities among bacterial sexually transmitted diseases and viral sexually transmitted diseases

Expert Reply
Fri November 23, 2012
The main difference between these two categories of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) is what causes them - bacterial STDs are caused by bacteria and viral STDs are caused by viruses.
As a result of being caused by different microorganisms, bacterial and viral STDs vary in their treatment. Bacterial STDs, such as gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia, are often cured with antibiotics. Viral STDs, like hepatitis B, HIV, herpes and genital warts, have no cure but can be treated to reduce the chance of long-term complications as well as to lessen the severity of the disease.
Both bacterial STDs and Viral STDs are sexually transmitted. In addition, both of these do not show any symptoms initially, so it’s important to go for check-ups. STDs need to be diagnosed correctly and fully treated as soon as possible to avoid complications that could be serious and/or permanent.
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