A study from East Carolina University shows that people with sexually transmitted disease often have more than one infectious cause. You should suspect that you may have a venereal disease if you have burning on urination, a feeling like you have to urinate all the time, urinate many times at night, or feel urgency when your bladder is full; if you suffer vaginal itching, burning or odor; or if you have genital ulcers or breaks in the skin. Check with your doctor.

Many people have a venereal disease and are not worried about infecting others. This attitude is dangerous to these people as well as everyone else they touch, because having one venereal disease does not protect you from having any other one. This study shows that a person can be infected simultaneously with mycoplasma, trichomonas, bacterial vaginosis, group B strep, gonorrhea, and chlamydia. If you have several venereal diseases simultaneously, you cannot be cured until your doctor prescribes medications to kill all the infecting germs, and that may require you to take several different antibiotics.

Predictors of the vaginal microflora. ER Newton, JM Piper, RN Shain, ST Perdue, W Peairs.Address Newton ER, E Carolina Univ, Brody Sch Med, Dept Obstet & Gynecol, Room 163, PCMH Teaching Annex, Greenville,NC 27858 USA.American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2001, Vol 184, Iss 5, pp 845-853

Checked 8/9/05

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