If you’ve looked at our blog at all, you know what STD stands for. You probably also know that sexually transmitted diseases denote those health conditions dealing with one’s genital and reproductive organs and biological systems. They can make a partner vulnerable for possible infection.
You knew all that. But, did you know that in the USA, nearly 19 million people get infected with sexually transmitted diseases every year? These diseases spread quickly. It is important to take preventive measures.
To prevent STDs you do not need to give up having sex forever. You do, however, need to be aware of your sexual health and take precautions.
Have a look at the basic preventive measures below:
Make sure to get Hepatitis B and HPV vaccinations as they are highly effective methods of prevention.
Single Partner Commitment
Learning to stay committed to a single partner will reduce your risk of STDs. Having sexual contact with multiple partners makes your more vulnerable to STDs. So, being sexually active with one partner will reduce your risk of infection. Mutual monogamy is important since an uninfected partner can ensure zero infection of sexually transmitted diseases. Staying honest with your partner is helpful in preventing STD.
Using contraceptives and other forms of birth control are often helpful in preventing sexually transmitted diseases. Use condoms every time you have sex to reduce STD transmission.
If you notice symptoms
If you notice symptoms, it is time to consult with your doctor. If you or your partner develops any symptom of an STD or are concerned with potential symptoms, it is best to refrain from having sex until you consult a doctor.
Symptoms And The Importance Of Prevention:
STDs not only cause health symptoms, but they also can be life threatening. Take preventive measures seriously. When you notice any of the following symptoms, it is time to get tested and consult with a doctor. Remember that some STDs don’t have noticeable symptoms. You should be tested regularly.
- irregular discharge
- sores in genital area
- burning or itching sensation
- bleeding or redness in genital area