STDSTDS are a big part of the modern landscape we live in today. Also known as STIs or Venereal Diseases, STDs or Sexually Transmitted Diseases are very common and frequent in modern society today. Many extreme religions have even called them modern day plagues. These diseases are in the modern consciousness today and form a part of real concerns that must be tackled and dealt with.

What are STDs?

By definition, an STD is a disease whose main method of transmission is through sexual contact. This means that these diseases are usually transmitted by an infected individual through sexual contact with another individual. This is not to say that this is the only method to acquire STDs. There are other methods as well, sexual intercourse is only the main transfer agent. Another method is through sharing of impure needles or through blood transfusions. Infected mothers can also transfer the disease to their unborn children as well.

STDs which are caused by bacteria are usually treatable and with cures. STDs caused by viruses usually are not and this is where one must be wary. The most prominent of these viral STDs is HIV which develops into AIDS.

High risk groups

The people who are at the highest risk of getting STDs are sexually active individuals who practice high risk behaviors. These include people who practice unprotected sex with infected individuals. These also include people who have multiple sex partners and who have sex frequently. These also include gays and lesbians.

Ways of reducing chances of contracting an STD

There are ways you can reduce the chances of getting an STD. These means and methods can greatly reduce your likelihood of getting an STD. They do not however give an ironclad promise of full protection and security against getting an STD. The only way this can be achieved is by not having sex altogether. Sexual abstinence is the only surefire way to never have an STD but it is clear that many people understandably will not be able to practice this. So these methods if done the right way are the next best thing.

Always use condoms when engaging in sexual activity. While wearing a condom does not guarantee safety from STDs it greatly reduces chances of infection. Condoms are good protection as long as they are used the right way and do not break.

Limiting sex partners is another way. If you can cut back and reduce sexual intercourse with fewer people, chances of infection will also diminish. Using a condom is much more effective, but this can also reduce chances relatively.

Limit sex to one exclusive uninfected person. A traditional single relationship with one person who you know is not infected can go a long way in reducing your chances of infection. With one safe person, as long as you are both faithful, getting an STD can really be diminished significantly. This is quite effective but for now good knowledge and education are the keys to help us all.