Sexually-transmitted diseases are among of today's most widespread illnesses. They can be caused by different things --- viruses, bacteria, protozoa, and more. They can trigger a variety of signs and symptoms and can trigger several kinds of complications as well.
Anyone can get infected with an STD. It does not matter whether you are male or female, young or old. These STDs can easily get into your body if you fail to observe the proper STD prevention techniques.
The following people are at risk of getting infected with STDs:
- Those that do not use condoms when having anal, oral, or vaginal sex
- Those that use syringes or needles when injecting drugs and share them with other people
- Those who have been exposed to STD-infected blood
- Those that have multiple sex partners
To prevent infection
If you want to stay away from STDs, you have to get yourself out of those high-risk groups. Always use protection when having sex. Do not use shared needles or syringes. Do not do drugs. Wear the appropriate gear when handling blood, if you work in the medical field. Stick to one sex partner at a time, if possible.
And, finally, do not forget to get an STD test at least once a year. This is very important so that you can be aware of the status of your sexual health all the time.