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Flu or Influenza Virus and Infection :

Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a respiratory infection caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can spread from person to person through coughing, sneezing, or close contact with an infected person. Influenza can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death.

Symptoms of Influenza

Symptoms of influenza typically appear within 1 to 4 days after exposure to the virus. These symptoms may include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children)…………More

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) :

  • HIV/AIDS (Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome): a viral infection that gradually compromises immunity, resulting in a range of diseases and consequences.
  • Chlamydia: a bacterial infection that frequently results in genital and urinary tract infections that can afflict both men and women.
  • Gonorrhea: Another bacterial infection that can cause symptoms including discomfort and discharge in the vaginal, rectal, and throat regions.
  • Syphilis: a multi-stage bacterial infection that, if left untreated, can have detrimental long-term effects.
  • Herpes (HSV-1 and HSV-2): painful blisters or sores caused by viral infections; HSV-2 is mostly linked to genital herpes.
  • HPV (Human Papillomavirus): a family of viruses associated to the development of cervical and other malignancies, and capable of causing genital warts.
  • Hepatitis B and C: liver-damaging viruses that are typically spread by intercourse or contact with contaminated blood.
  • Trichomoniasis: a parasite infection that may result in pain and inflammation in the genitalia.
  • Mycoplasma genitalium: a bacterial infection that can cause additional problems in the genital tract, including urethritis.