What are STDs?

 

STD is short for sexually-transmitted disease. It refers to a group of medical diseases that are primarily passed on from one person to another through sexual intercourse.

 

What are some common STDs today?



 

There are many STDs that are widespread in various parts of the world nowadays. One example is HIV, which is probably the most notorious of them all. This infection is caused by virus that can be transmitted from one human being to another by engaging in sexual activities with another human being who carries the virus. Other examples are Chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, and Hepatitis C.


Who can get infected with STDs?


People who are not educated and not informed enough of STDs are more prone to getting infected with STDs. Those that fail to practice safe sex put themselves at greater risk of contracting these diseases. Whether you are a man, woman, teenager, or adult, you are in danger of having STDs if you do not observe the right precautions to protect yourself.


How do we know if we have been infected?


It is important to be familiar with the most common STD signs and symptoms. Usually, STDs trigger certain warning indicators the moment they infect someone. Some of the most common symptoms are sores, rashes, fever, headaches, pain when urinating, peculiar discharge from the penis or vagina, and pain when having sex. So, if you manifest any of those you have to be alert and ready to proceed to the next step.


Get tested for STDs right away.  Even though you do not show any symptom, it is necessary to undergo STD testing at the earliest opportunity. In some cases, STD patients do not have visible symptoms because certain STDs have an incubation period. You should not wait any longer. The moment you suspect that you might have contracted an STD, before you have sex with a new partner, or after having sex without using a condom, you have to get tested for STDs.