STDs – What they are and how to avoid them. 

Written by Ann Scott on June 8, 2019

A lot of people especially the younger ones become infected with STDs simply because they do not know how to prevent and avoid contracting them. Did you know that some STDs, like chlamydia and gonorrhea known as the twin infections because they tend to occur together  can remain in the body for weeks, months and even years without showing symptoms? You can pass it along to your partner without ever realizing you have the infection yourself.

STDs don’t care whether you are rich, poor, educated, uneducated, male, or female. It will spread its cruel wings on as many people as possible. One reason STDs appear to be triumphant in battle of teenagers and young adults with increasing victims everyday is absolute ignorance.

There are those who ended up getting an STD the first time they ever had sex. People need to realize that you are clueless of your partner’s sexual history, it just takes one time to catch it. It can be difficult to tell if someone has an STI. STIs can be spread even if there are no signs or symptoms. It’s no fun. It will always haunt you. You have to aware any future partner about it before things get serious, and have to live with the bad choices I made in the past. Don’t think you will never get it…play it safe,

How to prevent it?

There is no such thing as protected sex. The only way to be protected  is not to have sex at all. But there are tools and ways to limit the risks – wear a condom, but the most efficient of which is common sense. And even using condoms still doesn’t guarantee you from being safe from std’s. This is not to discourage the use of condoms, but instead to emphasize to everyone the importance of knowledge of your own and your partners’ health status. Sexual education is everything.  Get tested periodically. Do that, and you’re going to be fine.

What are most common STDs?

Gonorrhea and Chlamydia are both bacterial infections. They often exist as a co-infection, so are often treated together. Chlamydia and Gonorrhea are not physically transmitted like casual contact. You can prevent them with a condom and are treated with oral antibiotics and/or a shot

Gonorrhea is characterized by thick discharge from the genital organ, one to 14 days after exposure. It may also infect the rectum, throat, eyes, blood, skin and joints. Mostly asymptomatic but usually show up with discharge, frequent or painful urination, or irregular vaginal bleeding.

Chlamydia is one of those “silent” infections. Majority of women and 50 percent of men have no visible symptoms at all.
STDs ans STIs tend to be more severe and more frequent for women than for men because the vagina is moist and has a thin lining, it’s easier for a woman to get an STI than it is for a man to get one. Also for women there are often no visible symptoms— such as chlamydia and gonorrhea — compared with men. That means that a woman could have an STI unknowingly.
If left untreated, long -term complications may arise.
Untreated STIs can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, which can result in ectopic pregnancy and infertility, making it difficult, even impossible for a woman to have a baby. A woman who is pregnant can pass an STI to her baby. Genital herpes, syphilis, and HIV can be passed to babies during pregnancy and delivery.

People with STDs are more likely to get HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. STDs that cause sores such as genital herpes, syphilis, and can make it easier for HIV to enter the body.

If you are given medications, be sure to take all of them as directed, even if your symptoms disappear. Sometimes people are hesitant to seek medical help and get checked for these symptoms. But, if something goes unchecked, the more danger and risk you pose on your health. Have open conversations with your sexual partners about this stuff.  Stay smart and stay safe.
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