STDs are diseases whose main mode of transmission is through sexual contact. They are also commonly referred to as STIs or Sexually Transmitted Illnesses or Venereal Diseases or VDs. These illnesses are of primary concern and are at the forefront of public awareness in recent years mainly because of the main culture and atmosphere of modern sexual promiscuity of times today.
Some notes on STDs
STDs are concerning because although they are of prominence today, they have actually been around for thousands of years. They have only reached prominence and awareness today because they are rapidly spreading and are understood more due to more advances in medical technology. This is the modern culture and society we live in today and these are the main issues.
Genital areas being warm and moist provide an ideal environment for viruses and bacteria to thrive. This is why STDs and the bacteria that cause them find adequate breeding ground through sexual intercourse.
How STDs are transferred without sex
STDs are also transferred through other means. Although their main mode of transmission is sex, this does not mean that sex is the only way they can be transferred. Sex is the main mode but there are other ways.
STDs can be transferred through the use of shared impure needles and through a blood transfusion. They can also be transferred from a mother to her unborn child through the bloodstream.
Protection against STDs
The best way to protect yourself against STDs is by practicing sexual abstinence or no sex at all. There would be no way for the bacteria to creep in this way. However, this, of course, is not the ideal or preferred method especially today. There are ways to protect oneself without resorting to sexual abstinence but one must also take note. There is no one foolproof way protect oneself from STDs if you are sexually active. These methods would only reduce or greatly reduce the chances of infection with an STD.
Methods to reduce infection
Using condoms is a great way to reduce the chances of acquiring an STD. If the condom is used properly and is reliable and does not tear, this is a great way to protect oneself. The chances are reduced greatly this way. You can also limit your sexual partners and the frequency of sexual contact. Through simple math and the law of averages, the chances of acquiring an STD can be reduced this way. They can really go down if you stick to one uninfected partner and stay faithful. As long as both of you are uninfected and stay faithful the chances of getting an STD are very greatly reduced. Again take note that these methods do not give a foolproof guarantee of protection. STDs are very prominent and will spread rapidly in such a day and age. The best thing anyone can do now is getting a good education about the topic and be very well informed. Knowledge is power and can go a very long way in helping deal with it.