Why you should not take STDs lightly

Have you ever heard of syphilis, Chlamydia, HIV, hepatitis, gonorrhea, genital herpes, trichomoniasis, and genital warts? These are examples of the most common and widely prevalent sexually-transmitted diseases nowadays. They are all very easily spread and contagious. They can trigger all sorts of symptoms that people should watch out for.

Sexually transmitted diseases must be treated as a serious worldwide problem. Every year, several millions of people get infected with it, and it looks like the number will continue to increase in the coming years.

Ways in which STDs get transmitted

Transmission and spread of STDs occur in different manners. Probably the most common transmission method is through unprotected sexual intercourse. 

Heterosexuals and homosexuals, males and females, and teens and adults that have unprotected sex at least once are prone to get infected with these diseases. They may manifest the symptoms right after having sex with an infected person or a days/weeks after initial exposure to the STD. If this is the case, they are advised to not have sex with other people anymore to avoid spreading the STD. 

Unfortunately, due to unawareness and misinformation, a lot of people are not able to appropriately protect themselves against STDs. They should remember that there are many ways to avoid STDs, such as getting an STD test regularly.

Testing for STD is very crucial once you get in sexual contact with an infected individual. During sex, there is an exchange of bodily fluids that goes on so the STDs are transmitted. So, to be able to detect these infections accurately and early on, it is really crucial to get an STD test.