STDs are defined as Sexually Transmitted Diseases or Sexually Transmitted Illnesses. Whatever the case, may be these are diseases or illnesses whose primary form of transmission is through sexual contact.

Why Is Stds Such A Big Concern Today?

Since our children are becoming sexually active at a younger age, they are 10 times more likely to get an STD in their lifetime than our grandparents were. Even in today’s modern culture of openness, tolerance, and information, sex can still be viewed in a very negative way. This usually attaches a negative aspect to acquiring an STD. This makes going out and testing for an STD a negative chore, which is viewed in a bad light. Testing positive often gives one a negative label even in today’s society. This only compounds the existing problem. It makes it more difficult to tell our partner(s) that we have an STD.

Some Troubling Facts About Stds

STDs are very common and can affect anyone (male or female), but some groups like gays, lesbians, and bisexuals are of slightly higher risk of acquiring it. However, heterosexuals who have multiple sexual partners also have very high rates of getting an STD.

Because STDs are so common and have no visible symptoms, a carrier can pass it on to many people unwittingly, before they even realize they have an issue.  This is why it is important to have yearly screenings done and if you think you may have become infected with an STD or found out that your partner has one you should be tested immediately.

Ways Stds Are Transmitted Without Sexual Contact

It may come as a shock to some people but there are many STDs that do not have to use sexual intercourse as a means of transferring the virus. There are a lot of STDs like this. The HIV virus, which leads to AIDS is one prominent example. You can transmit the HIV virus without having sex, if you have shared a needle with someone who is infected, through a blood transfusion, or a mother passing the virus to her unborn child through her bloodstream. These are the common ways; STDs are transferred without having sex. This makes the problem more serious.

Things To Remember

Anyone who is sexually active can become infected with and STD. Some STDs have several strains and those strains are becoming resistant to the medications that we can use to get rid of them. STDs can cause infertility, ectopic pregnancies, pelvic inflammatory disease and other health issues.  Those who have become infected can also become depressed due to the social stigma of an STD.

How Do We Change The Number Of Infected People

Education, the right information, and awareness are the best tools for us at the moment to deal with STDs.  We have to start that education at home at an early age since our children are become sexually active at earlier ages. Being honest and truthful about the public concerns of STDs is the best way to educate our children and the public.