STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease)

STD

An STD is a sexually transmitted disease & in common terms an infection that is transmitted through oral, vaginal or anal sex, intravenous drug use or through nonsexual contacts like syringe or blood transfusion from infected person. STDs are common and it is possible to be infected without being aware because many STD's do not display obvious signs or symptoms.

  • STD testing once or twice every year is recommended.
  • Regular STD testing is a great way to protect your sexual health as well as the health of your partner.

How do you know if you have an STD?

Common non-genital STD symptoms in men & women:

  • Pink eye/Conjunctivitis, swollen red eye(s)
  • Infections of the throat and/or mouth
  • Sores or blisters on, in, or around the mouth and lips
  • Rash on palms and soles of the feet
  • Swollen joints
  • Sore throat
  • Chronic flu-like symptoms

Precautions you can take include:

  • Limit the number of sexual partners.
  • Talk with your partner about their health, their awareness of safety precautions, and their sexual history.
  • Always use a latex condom which is best protection against STD's. Women shouldn't be afraid to insist that their partner wear one. Remember you are protecting yourself and possibly your future child.
  • Avoid sexual contact when symptoms are present.
  • Urinate after intercourse to flush out bacteria.
  • Get check-ups regularly and anytime you suspect an infection.
  • For women, this is especially important as some STD's cause infertility.
Be sure your partner(s) get treatment too if detected on time.  
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