Venereal disease - The prevention and treatment

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Venereal disease is a disease acquired from sexual intercourse with someone infected with the disease. There are three venereal diseases; they are gonorrhea, syphilis, and chancroid (infectious venereal ulcer). Of all the three, gonorrhea is the most widespread, followed by syphilis, then chancroid. Chancroid though is of little importance than the other two.

The treatment and prevention of venereal diseases

The greatest amount of venereal diseases is contracted from illicit sexual intercourse, and also to bear in mind that some of it, is contracted innocently, may be contracted either from a kiss or from using a towel or a sponge of an infected person. The gonorrheal germ is generally transmitted directly, while syphilis may be transmitted through various objects.
GONORRHEA: Gonorrhea is an inflammation caused by a germ called the gonococcus. Any mucous membrane may be the seat of gonorrhea, but it attacks by preference the mucous membrane of the genital organs, and of one other organ, which is the eye. Its principal symptoms are; inflammation, pain, burning, and discharge. In men it attacks the urethra; in women, it attacks the cervix, the neck of the womb, the urethra, and the vulva. The vagina is seldom attacked in adult women because the mucous membrane of the adult vagina is rather tough and does not offer a good soil for the development of the gonococcus germ. The discharge that a woman has when she has gonorrhea comes principally or exclusively from the neck of the womb. While in little girls, in whom the lining of the vagina is tender, gonorrhea of the vagina and vulva is common.
Gonorrhea is a local disease: In some cases, while after the disease have lasted for some time, a certain poison is generated by the germs which circulate in the blood, and while the germs may occasionally wander into distant organs, but still 98 per cent of all cases of gonorrhea is a local disease, and if the treatment is procured in time, the disease will be cured without leaving any traces on the general organism.
Gonorrhea is not a hereditary disease: Nobody ever inherits gonorrhea. A child may be born with a gonorrheal inflammation of the eyes (ophthalmia neonatorum), but this inflammation is not inherited, it can only be acquired if the mother is suffering from gonorrhea while the child is being born; some of the pus in the mother’s birth canal gets into the child’s eyes while it passes through the uterus and vagina. This is not heredity, this is a simple infection, and can be avoided by keeping the mother’s birth canal clean by antiseptic douches before childbirth. Gonorrhea is essentially a local and not a constitutional disease and is not hereditary. It differs from syphilis, which is the most constitutional and most hereditary of all diseases.
The class of gonorrhea in men and women: Gonorrhea runs an entirely different path in women than it does in men. When a man has gonorrhea he will know immediately, because the discharge tells him that there is something wrong with him, for a man is not used to having any discharge from the urethra unless there is something wrong with him. Secondly, his urine becomes at once burning and painful. While in women the urethra is a separate canal from the vagina, and the urethra is very frequently not affected in gonorrhea. The infection generally starts in the cervix, and the disease may last for a considerable time before the woman becomes aware of it. Generally, gonorrhea is a less painful disease in a woman, which is not good, because she will then, neglects the treatment and loses valuable time, by permitting the disease to develop. And even when the urethra is affected in women, it does not give as severe symptoms as inflammation of the urethra in men. If the woman does have pains, she often pays no attention to them, because she is normally used to pains, fifty percent of all women suffer more or less with dysmenorrhea, and many of them have a leucorrheal discharge of greater or lesser degree, which if there is an increase in the pains or an increase in the discharge, little attention is paid to it. A woman may have chronic gonorrhea for months or years without being aware that there is anything the matter with her. It is of great importance for women to seek medical aid as soon as they notice an increase in the amount of the discharge, or change in color, particularly if it becomes greenish, or if the odor becomes offensive, or if there is chafing, burning or irritation around the genitals, and especially if there is an increase in the frequency or urgency of urination, or if there is a burning, scalding, or cutting sensation during the act of urination, and also whenever the sexual act becomes painful.
SYPHILIS: Syphilis is a disease caused by a germ called spirochete; the full name is spirochete pallida, a pale, spiral-shaped germ. In ten days to three weeks after a person has contracted syphilis, he or she develops a sore at the spot where the germs got in. This sore is called chancre or primary lesion. But when this sore makes its appearance the spirochete and the poison which they elaborate are already circulating in the blood, all over the system. The disease is already systemic or built-in and the chancre is the local expression of a constitutional disease. Cutting out the chancre will not cure the disease, because, as stated, the germs are already built-in, in the system.
Syphilis is the most hereditary of all diseases. And fortunately, if the disease is still very active in the parents, particularly in the mother, the child is generally aborted. Some syphilitic mothers will have half a dozen or more miscarriages in succession. When the disease has become weakened either by treatment or by itself, many diseases lose their extreme harmfulness in time, and then the child may be carried to the terminus. And it may then be born dead, or maybe strongly syphilitic, and die in a few days or weeks, or it may be born without any signs of syphilis and be apparently healthy and then develop the disease at the age of ten, twelve, and above or it may be born healthy and remain healthy. But no woman who had syphilis, or whose husband had syphilis, should dare to conceive or give birth to a child unless she has been given permission by a competent physician.
Syphilis runs a milder course in women than it does in men. But this milder course is not an unmixed blessing, it may be considered a misfortune, because, as the same as gonorrhea in women, syphilis is often present for months and years until it has made such intrusion that it is but little amenable to treatment. In many women, the disease runs such a mild course, as far as definite symptoms are concerned, that they are sure that nothing is wrong with them, and are perfectly sincere in their denial of ever having had any infection. The mildness of the course of the disease, while a good thing in itself, is bad in the aspect that it prevents timely treatment. However, it is crucial that whenever a woman is in any way suspicious that she may have the disease, she should endeavor to have herself examined, and if she has reasons to suspect that her husband or partner has the disease, she should persuade him to have himself examined.
CHANCROIDS: This is one of the other minor diseases which belong to the class of venereal diseases. Chancroids are little ulcers on the genitals, they are purely local and do not affect the body system. They are due mostly to uncleanliness and are found only among the misfortunate classes of prostitutes and also among the misfortunate classes of men. At any rate, chancroids are of little significance, as compared with syphilis and gonorrhea.

Venereal disease treatment and prevention

 Every case of gonorrhea in man, without any exception, if properly treated, can be perfectly cured, as far as practical purposes are concerned. But the cure may not be perfect in the scientific sense of it, which is, the man may not be brought back into the condition in which he was before he got the disease. But for all practical purposes, as far as he himself is concerned, as far as the future children are concerned, every case may be cured, without any doubt (said from a varied professional experience).
 As to gonorrhea in women, this depends to a great extent upon the extreme harmfulness of the disease and the promptness with the treatment is instituted. If the gonorrhea is limited only to the cervix, the vulva, and the urethra, then prompt treatment will usually bring about a cure in a comparatively short time. But if the gonorrheal inflammation has extended to the body of the uterus, or still worse, to the tubes, then the treatment may become a very tedious one, and some cases may not be curable without an operation. Where the woman has a suspicion that her husband is in an infectious state, she should abstain from relations with him until she is sure that he is safe. But where for some reason a suspicion intercourse is indulged in, the woman should use an antiseptic douche before and after intercourse. Where it is inconvenient to use a douche both before and after, a douche after will have to suffice, but it is much safer and surer to use the douche both before and after. When you use a douche there is always some of the solution left in the vagina and that destroys wholly or in part the infective germs.
 The following makes an effective douche: Dissolve a tablet of bi-chloride in two quarts of water, hot, lukewarm or cold. Then use before intercourse, a small amount, about a pint or half a pint, and use the remaining after the intercourse. And also, instead of the bi-chloride, you may use a tablespoonful of carbolic acid, or two tablets of chinosol, or a tablespoonful of Lysol, or two tablespoonfuls of boric acid.
 An antiseptic jelly in a collapsible tin tube with a long nozzle may be used instead of the douche.
 Besides the venereal sources of infection, the woman must guard against the non-venereal sources. She should not even if she can avoid it, use a public toilet. And if she’s forced to use it, she should protect herself by putting some paper over the seat.
 Do not use a public drinking cup. And if you have to use one, keep your lips away from the rim. One can learn to drink without touching the rim of the glass or cup with the lips.
 Do not under any circumstances use a public towel. The roller towel is a menacing health and should be forbidden.
 If you have to sleep in a hotel or in a strange bed, make sure that the linen is clean and fresh. Never sleep on bed linen which has been used by a stranger.
 Never use a public brush or comb.
 Be sure that your dentist is a careful and up-to-date man, and that he sterilizes his instruments carefully. Many cases of syphilis have been transmitted by a dentist’s instrument.
 Be sure that your manicurist is not syphilitic, or at least that are hands are healthy, clean and free from any eruption.
 Do not indulge in promiscuous kissing. This is a particularly important injunction for young girls. This is an actual danger and there are thousands of cases of syphilis that are known to have been contracted directly from kissing. People suffering from syphilis often have white sores on their lips, tongue, and inside of cheeks. These sores are very infectious, and by kissing, the disease is readily transmitted. Avoid promiscuous kissing no matter what.


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