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Are STIs different in men than in women?

Expert:   Harry Fisch, M.D., New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Medical College of Cornell University »

STIs often affect men and women differently. Watch and learn how!

Transcript: STIs often affect men and women differently. Possibly the most DRASTIC example is with HPV. Superficial genital warts are the only consequence men will experience, while women could end up with an increased risk of cervical cancer. As a result, many young women are opting for the HPV-vaccine. A series of 3 injections given over a period of 6 months, this vaccine can protect against the more harmful strains of HPV. [NOTE: the following on-screen text lines will cycle on-screen during the first paragraph] [On-screen text 1: Vaccine is approved for females and males 9-26 years old] [On-screen text 2: HPV Vaccine is not effective if previously infected] Other STIs can also show different SYMPTOMS depending on gender. For example, with chlamydia and gonorrhea—men experience minimal symptoms such as painful urination or swollen testicles, while women can have menstrual abnormalities, painful sex and cervical discharge. Finally, trichomoniasis is an STI that RARELY shows symptoms in men, but in women it causes vaginal discharge and genital itching. While men may never show symptoms, as carriers they CAN still easily spread this infection to their partners. Bottom line here: safe sex is ALWAYS the best sex, so use a condom EVERY time. [On-screen text: Condoms do not fully prevent against herpes and HPV] More »

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