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Cupcake designer recreates STD symptoms to raise awareness

When it comes to sexual health, many individuals aren't aware of the symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) because some infected individuals are asymptomatic. This was the motive behind Emma Thomas's second annual Eat Your Heart Out exhibition at the London St. Bart's Pathology Museum, The Huffington Post reported. 

Thomas, who is referred to as "Miss Cakehead," designed and baked a unique display of cupcakes that realistically depicted the visual symptoms of STDs, from syphilis sores to genital herpes. In addition to giving visitors a little bit of a shock, she aimed to educate the public about these serious infections that can easily go undiagnosed and be transmitted among partners.

Approximately 19 million Americans become infected with an STD every year, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Moreover, about half of these people are between the ages of 15 and 24. This is why the younger age group needs sex education and greater access to STD testing.

The cupcakes are currently on sale at the museum, however, customers have to purchase a box set and don't know which STD-themed treat they're going to get - just like in real life.