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  • Testicular Torsion

    Testicular Torsion

    What Is It? Torsion of the testicle is an uncommon but serious condition in which the testicle twists on the cord that provides its blood supply. The twisting of this cord cuts off the blood supply to the testicle. It is extremely painful and must be treated immediately to prevent permanent damage to the testicle. […]

  • Priapism

    Priapism

    What Is It? Priapism is an abnormally prolonged and often painful erection. This erection may not be related to sexual desire or stimulation. It often won’t be relieved by orgasm. Priapism may start after prolonged sexual activity, although this by itself is not believed to cause priapism. Most men seek medical attention within hours to […]

  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)

    Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)

    What Is It? Pelvic inflammatory disease is an infection of the uterus, fallopian tubes or ovaries. It is the most common serious infection among young women, with approximately 1 million new cases diagnosed in the United States each year. It usually affects sexually active women during their childbearing years. About one in every seven women […]

  • Phimosis and Paraphimosis

    Phimosis and Paraphimosis

    What Is It? In an uncircumcised male, the head of the penis is covered by a sheath of skin known as the foreskin. Phimosis is a condition in which the foreskin is tightly stretched around the head of the penis and cannot be pulled back freely. Phimosis can occur naturally. For example, in boys younger […]

  • Painful Sexual Intercourse (Dyspareunia)

    Painful Sexual Intercourse (Dyspareunia)

    What Is It? Pain during or after sexual intercourse is known as dyspareunia. Although this problem can affect men, it is more common in women. Women with dyspareunia may have pain in the vagina, clitoris or labia. There are numerous causes of dyspareunia, many of which are treatable. Common causes include the following: Vaginal dryness […]

  • Vasectomy

    Vasectomy

    What Is It? A vasectomy is a minor surgical procedure that is done to make a man sterile (unable to father children). The procedure is usually done by a urologist, a specialist who deals with the male reproductive system. A vasectomy cuts or blocks the vas deferens, the tube that carries sperm away from the […]

  • Trichomoniasis

    Trichomoniasis

    What Is It? Trichomoniasis, nicknamed “trick,” is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by a microscopic one-celled organism called Trichomonas vaginalis. Trichomoniasis can cause vaginal infections in women and inflammation of the urethra (the tube that drains urine from the bladder) in both sexes. In pregnant women, Trichomonas infections also can increase the risk of […]

  • Genital Warts

    Genital Warts

    What Is It? Genital warts are warts that form on the skin of the genital area. They are caused by certain subtypes of the human papilloma virus (HPV), the same virus that causes warts on other areas of the body. Genital warts are spread through sexual intercourse, so they are classified as a sexually transmitted […]

  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases (Overview)

    Sexually Transmitted Diseases (Overview)

    What Is It? Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections that are spread from person to person through sexual contact, including oral sex, anal sex and the sharing of sex toys. These diseases can be passed through any contact between the genitals of one person and the genitals, anus, mouth or eyes of another person. There […]

  • HIV/AIDS

    HIV/AIDS

    What Is It? The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) weakens the body’s immune defenses by destroying CD4 (T-cell) lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell. T-cells normally help guard the body against attacks by bacteria, viruses and other germs. When HIV destroys CD4 cells, the body becomes vulnerable to many different types of infections. These infections […]

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