The STD problem is growing: if you take a look at the history of HIV, you can see that it seemingly burst upon the medical world, with no real traceable route as to where it came from. Over half of the new STD infections come from those aged 15 to 24. And the treatments that we have for these diseases are becoming less effective as the viruses change in response to the medications.
So what do you do to avoid getting infected?
Not having sex is, of course, the best way to avoid getting an STD. Taking the time to learn about them, their habits and their friends will show you much about how they live their life. Developing trust between you and your partner may avoid STD problems, and make your relationship stronger over time.
Never judge solely on appearance. Anyone could have an STD: but your partner should be one that takes care of themselves. People who always have a bad smell, have other signs of disease (including a cold or allergies that never go away), that always is 'buzzed', have a history of STDs, that do drugs or party until they pass out are ones that you should be wary of, and get tested together. Someone who is worth your time will make the extra effort to look good, be careful, and be willing to test with you.
If they have had sex with anyone else, make plans to get tested together. This way, you both are sure that there are no problems before you start your relationship. This is a tough conversation to have, but very worthwhile. This is your life that you are sharing with them.
Signs and symptoms
Some physical signs of STDs are common to all of them:
- sores (even small ones anywhere on the body)
- any leakage of fluids- especially bad-smelling ones
- a burning sensation while peeing
- pain and swelling in any of the genital tissues
These need quickly checked out by a doctor or clinic that you trust. Leaving STDs untreated can result in long-term physical harm for both men and women. Each disease has its own signs- make sure that you are tested for any possible infections. Knowledge is your best defense against any disease.
The worst news- many times, there are no physical symptoms. Some STDs can hide in the body and never show a sign that they are actually there. That does not mean, however, that you would be safe having unprotected sex with them. They are still infected, and can still infect you.
Taking one hour a month as part of your routine health care is a great idea. The time spent will not only allow you to enjoy your body, and notice the improvements you make, but will allow you to check yourself, and ensure that you are as healthy as possible. This is something that anyone can do and should do. Checking yourself head to toes will provide an easy, free way to ensure that you are healthy, and continue to be that way.