Sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) and sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s) have become increasingly common. Anyone can fall victim to this type of infection, and often people do not know the signs and symptoms associated with it. The truth is, there is many unpleasant symptoms that come with STI’s such as pain during urination, pain during sex, genital warts etc. There is treatment and support available via GUM clinics for those who do become infected via sexual intercourse. However, it is important to know the ways in which you can help keep yourself and others safe from sexual infection and disease.
Most Common STI’s
The most prevalent STIs are chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis, and herpes. These infections can cause indefinite pain to the affected person. The most severe complication is infertility which can happen in very severe cases. Moreover, AIDS is a serious disease which continues to be incurable. However, there are modern drugs and medication that an infected person can take to help them live a long, healthy life. HIV destroys CD4 cells which are essential for the body’s immune system to be able to fight off infections.
What To Do If You Are Experiencing Symptoms
If you find that you are experiencing symptoms of any kind of STI/STD, it is vital to speak to a professional. They will offer advice and support, as well as run tests and provide you with medication treatment to lessen symptoms and help eliminate the present infection.
In the meantime, here are some ways in which you can prevent catching sexually transmitted infections:
Do Not Have Unprotected Sex
Unprotected intercourse has increased the number of STI’s significantly. Protection such as condoms creates a barrier between two people, to limit sexual contact and prevent any infectious bacteria from passing from one person to the next. If you engage in unprotected sex, you are putting yourself and the other person at risk.
There is nothing wrong with having more than one sexual partner if it is safe and consensual at all times. However, engaging with multiple sexual partners significantly increases your risk of developing infection. Monogamy is when one person only has sexual intercourse with one person. By only having sexual contact with one person, it keeps you at low risk of catching any sort of infection.
Visit A Clinic
If you are sexually active, it is encouraged to visit a GUM clinic for a check-up. Especially if you have more than one sexual partner. A GUM clinic is place where you can acquire a sexual health check, as well as answers to concerns, support, guidance, testing, and treatment. All information you give in a GUM clinic related to your sexual habits, worries, health, and orientation is all confidential.
Due to the rising numbers of people infected with STI’s, it is more important than ever to have a basic understanding of ways in which you can keep yourself and your sexual partner(s) safe. There is no absolute guarantee that by following these steps you will never develop an infection, however these are safety measures put in place that can reduce your risk.