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What STDs Cause Frequent Urination?

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Patrick Cameron is a freelance writer with 10 years of diverse experience in consumer goods branding, promotions and retail communications. He works out of his home in Denver, Colo. He received his Bachelor of Arts in mass communication from the University of Minnesota.
What STDs Cause Frequent Urination?
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According to the Centers for Disease Control, sexually transmitted diseases, like chlamydia and gonorrhea, are infecting millions of people every year and are the most commonly reported infectious diseases in the nation. STDs are more frequently found in African Americans and in women. The CDC also reported a recent, and aggressive, rise in the number of syphilis cases, an STD that was thought to be on the brink of extinction. STDs carry all sorts of unpleasant effects such as discharge and painful and frequent urination problems.


Each year, it is estimated that 4 million people in the United States are infected with chlamydia. The problem with the infection is that you may not know you have the disease until months after sexual contact. Chlamydia will cause not only an increase in the urge to urinate, whether you actually have to or not, but also pain and discharge during urination.


With only about 700,000 cases a year, gonorrhea isn't quite as fast moving as chlamydia, but it too causes frequent urination in those infected. The disease attacks the urinary tract (urethra, rectum and cervix) and can also affect the throat. As with chlamydia, gonorrhea also shows itself through burning and a puss-filled discharge during urination.


Herpes is one of the best known STDs. The Mayo Clinic says that one out of every five people has some form of herpes virus. Herpes won't show up right away, but it will cause itching and redness a couple weeks after exposure. From there it begins to form small ulcers (on the genitals if it's genital herpes). Some of these ulcers will eventually erupt, emitting puss and blood. Frequent and painful urination is also common with the herpes virus.

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