We live in a world where you can never be too safe when it comes to just about anything, and that includes sexual health. Often many of the most common STD’s that both adults and the youth are faced with come without warning signs or even symptoms. For this reason, it’s important that anyone who plans on becoming sexually active, or who is sexually active takes the proper steps in being safe. While birth control is a great way to prevent unplanned pregnancies, it, unfortunately, can’t protect you from an STD. The only way to avoid getting an STD is to remain abstinent, wear condoms every time you have sex and make sure you get annual checkups to ensure you’re in good sexual health. If you think that you might have an STD and are active with a partner, it’s important that you tell them so they can take the proper steps in treatment.
Gonorrhea is one of the prevalent types of STD’s out there and can be spread in a few different ways. Both males and females both can get this STD as well as spread it, which is usually through oral sex, anal sex, or vaginal intercourse. Symptoms usually involve discharge in either male or females as well as throat pain.
Hepatitis comes in three different kinds, but there is only one sexually transmitted type which is Hep B. For the most part this one is a silent killer that while it can be deadly untreated, can offer no symptoms at times. Syphilis is another type of STD that can be transmitted in just about anyway in which you make sexual contact with a partner in which a condom isn’t used. In pregnant women, the virus can be transferred to the unborn child. For the most part, people don’t experience symptoms although a few have been reported such as sores, fevers and more. Chlamydia is the most common type of STD most get and can cause unusual discharge in men and women. This occurs when an infected person has unprotected sex with their partner.
Other such STD’s involve things such as crabs in which a person’s pubic hair is infested with a type of bodily lice that causes itching. HPV is another deadly, but silent killer which mostly affects females who have unprotected sex either orally, vaginally or anally. While there is a vaccine to help protect against it, there have been some health concerns in regards to getting it. Herpes is common although not as much as it used to be. It usually involves an outbreak in either the mouth or on the genitals. Typically, it can be spread orally, anally or vaginally. The final STD is HIV, which is spreadable through any type of bodily fluid exchange. While it used to mean a death wish, it’s now treatable with medications to help those with it live longer and healthier lives.