Sex has lots of health benefits like keeping the immune system strong, lowers heart attack risks, and keeps blood pressure in control and other helpful health benefits.
Sadly more men and women are engaged in sexual activity with anyone that they forgot to understand that sex comes with harmful effects too.
What is STD and how does one get it?
Sexually transmitted disease is an infection that can be transmitted by bodily fluids from one person to another through sexual activity.
It is not simply just through sex but also includes kissing, oral-genital contact and the use of sexual toys. The causes of STD’s are bacteria, parasites and viruses.
For some STD’s (sexually transmitted diseases) are also known as STI’s (sexually transmitted infections).
“STD’s are one of the most critical health challenges facing the nation today. CDC estimates that there are 19 million new infections every year in the United States”.
What Are The Various Types Forms Of STD’s?
Here are the common well known STD’s:
- Genital herpes
- Hepatitis B
What Are The Common Symptoms Of STD’s?
STD’s can have debilitating symptoms while others occur without presence of symptoms at all.
In fact there are people who are affected by STD’s who do not show any symptoms at all which is very dangerous.
Just be careful if you noticed the following:
- Discharge in the penis and vagina
- Irritation to the genitals
- Pain during urination
- Inflated lymph glands (groin area)
- Bleeding of the genitals
- Pain and swelling of the genitals
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Fevers, cough and chills
- Presence of warts around the genitals
- easily get tired and irritated
I Have The Presence Of Some Symptoms Do You Think I Have STD?
Most of STD’s symptoms are silent so it would be best to seek medical advice; usually your GP (General Practitioner) would often perform various steps to find out if you really have STD.
It is really hard to establish if you have STD through symptoms alone so it would be best to undergo series of test through a Doctor.
Are STD’s Acquired Through Sexual Penetration?
No, STD’s can also be transmitted through oral and anal sex , although you may not have any penetration in your genital you can still get STD’s if the person you have in contact with is infected either with virus or bacteria.
How Are STD’S Treated?
For Viral STD’s like Herpes, HPV/Genital warts/Hepatitis B and HIV are not curable.
They are only treated to help decrease the symptoms and make life a little better for the patients.
Once you are infected with the virus it is not treatable. Sadly, there are no vaccines available in treating viral STD’s during this time.
For Bacterial STD’s like Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis can be treated with antibiotics.Both you and your partners must be tested if ever she or he is infected with Bacterial STD he/she can be treated too.
It is very important to that you undergo test re-test method to make sure that you are finally free from bacterial STD.
What Can I Do To Reduce My Risk Of Getting An STD?
The best weapon against STD is to not have sex at all or have a sexual relationship with one person free from such infection.
Make sure that you talk with your partner concerning how many partner she/he has or had or if she/he has been diagnosed with STD. It is very important that you maintain an open communication with your partner.
You can also wear condom or dental dam during oral sex to keep yourself protected but not with other STD’s.
What Should I Do If I May Have Come In Contact With An STD?
Is it very important that you see your Doctor right away. Your Doctor will provide medication and test.
You have to take all the prescribed medicines despite the symptoms are not visible anymore.
Does The Exam For STD Cost Money?
There are actually government agencies that help people suffering from STD’s. I believe they are free service offered by the Government.
You can also check from your local clinics.
What Are Some Prevention Tips To Avoid STD’s In One Way Or Another?
- Monogamous sexual partner free from STD’s
- Avoid promiscuous relationship
- Have a regular check-up with your Doctor to avoid any misconceptions
- Check out the common symptoms of STD’s and see medical help for any suspicion
- Be conscious about your health, practice good hygiene
STD’s must be taken seriously because they are very harmful to your body that can affect your whole being.
Make sure that you always protect yourself. I believe that today the greatest weapon against STD’s is EDUCATION.