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Sexually Transmitted Diseases In Ancient Egypt

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Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) probably evolved along with the human species. Evidence for them in ancient Egypt has been scant and relies on interpretations of depictions, descriptions in papyri, and the study of human remains. Most people develop immunity, which limits the damage of the disease, but women may carry it for years and then have a devastating infection. In milder cases, it is a common cause of infertility. The three postulated STDs share some important common characteristics. All are fairly primitive organisms whose replication is dependent on the intracellular metabolism of the infected person.

Keywords: Egypt; Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)



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