Current concepts in bacterial sexually transmitted diseases

Bong Suk Shim

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Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are the most common infectious diseases worldwide, with over 350 million new cases occurring each year, and have far-reaching health, social, and economic consequences. Failure to diagnose and treat STDs at an early stage may result in serious complications and sequelae. STDs are passed from person to person primarily by sexual contact and are classified into varied groups. Some cause mild, acute symptoms and some are life-threatening. They are caused by many different infectious organisms and are treated in different ways. Syphilis and gonorrhea are ancient afflictions. Now, however, Chlamydia is prevalent and has become the most common bacterial STD. Antimicrobial resistance of several sexually transmitted pathogens is increasing, rendering some regimens ineffective, adding to therapeutic problems. A standardized treatment protocol for STDs is recommended to ensure that all patients receive adequate treatment. Appropriate treatment of STDs is an important public health measure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)589-597
Number of pages9
JournalKorean Journal of Urology
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2011


  • Chancroid
  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Syphilis


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