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More Information About Sexually Transmitted Diseases

 STDs          Gonorrhea          Chlamydia          Herpes      

Sexually Transmitted Diseases or Infections – what are they?

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) or Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), as they are also currently termed, are serious business and can cause some long term effects if you don’t get them checked out.

It’s embarrassing but STDs don’t go away on their own. They can infect your reproductive and sex organs or can cause general body infections. So, if you think that you have been exposed, get tested, get treated and tell your partner or partners.

You get STDs during sex whether it is oral, vaginal or anal. These infections need a warm, moist place to live which is why they grow in your mouth,vagina and rectum.

How Many People Have STDs?

Trying to estimate the number of Americans who suffer from sexually transmitted infections is difficult because so many times the infections are not reported or not treated. They are not treated because you can sometimes have a Sexually Transmitted Disease without any symptoms. Sometimes these “silent” infections can only be verified by testing. And that can be embarrassing.

There are over 65 million people in the United States who have an incurable STD. And the annual rate of infection is approximately 15 million new cases every year.

Look around you…out of every four people that you see, one of them has had a STD at sometime. And one in four of those same people may have genital herpes. And at least 80 percent of those with genital herpes don’t even know it.

Less than half of us between the ages of 18 and 44 years of age have ever been tested for a STD other than HIV/AIDS.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases can have far longer effects than the fun of the moment. At least 15 percent of American women that are infertile are unable to have children because of an untreated STD that caused tubal scarring due to a pelvic inflammatory disease.

How to Prevent Sexually Transmitted Diseases?

Probably the best way is to ask your sex partner prior to having sex if they have ever had a STD or used drugs via needles. If they say no and you notice anything like a sore, a discharge, redness or a rash, don’t have sex with them.

Not having sex is the best way to prevent STDs. Having monogamous sex with just one uninfected partner is another way to avoid infection.

Another safer way, but not 100% safe, is to use condoms or rubbers that are made from latex. Use condoms when you have sex either orally, vaginally or anally. Both men and women should carry condoms.

And most importantly is to know the signs and symptoms of an infection. If you have a STD, get treatment, finish the treatment, get your partner to get treatment and don’t have sexual contact until your/their treatment is complete.

Signs and Symptoms of STDs

There are some general symptoms that both men and women can watch for as signs that you may have a sexually transmitted disease or infection. These are:

  • A general itching around your sexual organs
  • Burning and pain when you go to the bathroom
  • Sores, bumps or blisters near your mouth, rectum or sexual organs
  • An increased need to urinate
  • A sore throat
  • A fever and overall aches and pains similar to the flu

For women, there are some specific signs and symptoms to be on the lookout for:

  • Pain in your pelvic area, somewhere between your belly button and your sexual organs
  • A discharge or smell from your vagina which is abnormal for you
  • An pain that is deep inside of you when you have sexual relations
  • A bloody discharge from your vagina when you are not having your period
  • An unusual burning or itching around your sexual organs

For men, there is one specific sign and symptom to be aware of:

  • A drip or discharge from your penis

 STDs          Gonorrhea          Chlamydia          Herpes