Sexually transmitted diseases are infectious diseases that spread from person to person through intimate contact.
The subject of STDs is a very important topic of discussion in this modern society, with children in primary schools being taught about sexually transmitted diseases and the importance of protected intercourse.
There are a multitude of diseases that can be spread through unprotected intercourse, some are mild while others could leave a permanent scar if it is not properly treated.
Abstinence from any form of intercourse is the only 100% effective way to prevent HIV, STDs, and pregnancy. The correct use of condoms can reduce the risk of STDs including HIV infection, but no protective method is 100% effective. Even condom use cannot guarantee absolute protection against any STD or pregnancy.
Below are some common STDs:
Herpes: This can be found around the mouth or the genitals and can be spread easily from person to person by having unprotected or oral intercourse. Herpes results in painful sores and blisters and is a virus that once treated will continue to remain in the system through-out life. Avoid having any intercourse whilst suffering from an outbreak.
Gonorrhoea: This is another bacterial infection that can be passed by any form of intercourse ( Oral, va Gina, a nal). The main consequence of gonorrhoea is infertility, you won’t even see any it has symptoms in its initial stage. It can be spread very quickly and easily from person to person.
Chlamydia: This infection passed through intercourse and oral s ex. It has no obvious symptoms that will surface quickly and can cause infertility if left untreated. From research, the only symptom of Chlamydia is from the urinary tract infection which can cause burning and increased a frequency of urination.
List of the symptoms that accompany STDs: It is worth remembering that these symptoms often occur a long while after the infection has developed, so your treating doctor or nurse will want you to remember all your partners so that each infected person can be traced and treated.
Discharge from the male or female genital area, often with itching, pain during intercourse or when passing urine, sore throat, swollen glands, fever, night sweat, and pelvic Pain among others.
How Can I Avoid Spreading an STD?
1. Stop having any intercourse until you see a doctor for treatment. Carry your partner along for check – up.
2. Follow every instruction for treatment and be protected always, especially with new partners.
3.Don’t forget to visit your doctor for another rechecked. Be sure your partner or partners are also treated.
It is important to remember that abstaining and reducing the number of partners you have is still the easiest and most effective way of protecting yourself from any sexually transmitted diseases.
If you notice any changes on any part of your body, please see your doctor as soon as possible.