STD’s – The possible consequence’s of unsafe #Sex
What is chlamydia?
Chlamydia is a common STD that can infect both men and women, there were 217,570 new cases diagnosed during 2009. We also know that chlamydia is getting more common.
If chlamydia is left untreated it can cause serious, permanent damage to a woman’s reproductive system, making it difficult or impossible for her to get pregnant later on. Chlamydia can also cause a potentially fatal ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy that occurs outside the womb).
What is genital warts?
Genital warts are growths on the skin of the genital area and around the anus. They are caused by certain types of the human papilloma virus (HPV).
There are more than 100 types of HPV. Some types of HPV produce warts on different parts of the body, like plantar warts on the feet and common hand warts. Some can lead to certain cancers — these are called high-risk types of HPV. And some produce genital warts.
What is genital herpes?
Genital herpes is a contagious disease caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV), which infects the skin and mucous membranes of the genitals and sometimes around the opening of the rectum.
The incubation period is usually about a week, but it can be longer.
The first symptom is usually a reddish or darkish patch on the genitals or the anus (or the lip). This is quickly replaced by one or more blisters, filled with straw-coloured fluid. There may be tingling or burning. Often the glands in the groin swell up.
Prevent contracting an STD
There are many ways in which you can prevent contracting a sexually transmitted disease.
Always avoid having sex with anyone who has genital sores, a rash, discharge or other symptoms. The only time unprotected sex is safe is if you and your partner have sex only with each other, and if its been at least 6 months since you were both tested negative for STDs. otherwise you should:
- Use latex condoms every time you have sex. If you use a lubricant, make sure it’s water-based. Use condoms for the entire sex act. Condoms are not 100% effective at preventing disease or pregnancy. However, they are extremely effective if used properly.
- Avoid sharing towels or underclothing.
- Wash before and after intercourse.
- Get a vaccination for hepatitis B. This is a series of three shots.
- Get tested for HIV.
- If you have a problem with drug or alcohol abuse, get help. People who are drunk or on drugs often fail to have safe sex.
- Consider that not having sex is the only sure way to prevent STDs.