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Are you at Risk for Sexually Transmitted Infections?

are you at risk for sexually transmitted infections
HWC Team
April12/ 2016


Sexually transmitted infections are the category of infections that is obtained through unsafe sex from a person who is already infected. These infections are passed through vaginal intercourse, anal sex, oral sex or contact with the skin. Sexually transmitted infections can occur due to viruses and bacteria. Hepatitis B, herpes, HIV, human papilloma virus, Chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis are to mention a few. These types of infection causes damage to your body and can be fatal at times.

The factors that increase the risk rate of sexually transmitted infections are: having a partner who is infected by the disease earlier, usage of intravenous drugs, having sex with a person who is infected or even if you have more than one sexual partner.

How are Sexually Transmitted Infections Caused?

These types of infection are caused by bacterial or viral infections. The bacterial infections can be cured by taking antibiotics whereas the infection caused by viruses remains difficult to treat. The symptoms of virus infected disease can be treated instead.

Sexually Transmitted Infections Affect Pregnancy

The infections such as chlamydia and gonorrhea cause health problems in infants which includes eye infection and pneumonia. Stillbirths are caused due to syphilis. You should inform your healthcare provider about instances when you are pregnant and your partner is found to be infected. In such a situation your baby is at great risk.

Consequences of Having Unprotected Sex

There are chances of getting a sexually transmitted disease from the partner is he/ she is already infected after having unprotected sex. The condition can also make you face the risk of pregnancy at any moment during the menstrual cycle. The alternative is to use emergency contraception for a maximum of five days after having unprotected sex.

Using contraception during sex can lead to decreased chances of having sexually transmitted infections.

Common Symptoms of Sexually Transmitted Infections

  • Itching around the vagina or abnormal discharge from the vagina.
  • Abnormal penile discharge in men.
  • Feeling of pain during sex or while urinating.
  • Pain around the pelvic region.
  • Sore throats after oral sex
  • Pain around anus after anal sex
  • Dark urine and yellowish eyes and skin
  • Swollen glands
  • Body pain and fever
  • Weight loss and fatigue
  • Soft warts around the genital area
  • Red sores on the genital region

When are you at a Risk of Obtaining Sexually Transmitted Infections?

If you have had an unprotected sex or an intercourse with numerous sex partners, then there exists a chance of being transmitted with such infections.

Tests for Sexually Transmitted Infections

Normally, doctors are able to examine you to check for such infections. Blood tests and examination of secretions from your vagina or penis are further options.

How can you Treat the Sexually Transmitted Infections?

You can prevent major health problems through timely treatment. Bacterially caused infections are curable while you cannot easily cure the viral infections. In case you observe to gain the symptoms of sexually transmitted infections, consult your doctor immediately.

Prevention of Sexually Transmitted Infections

  • Best way is to avoid having sex as this lowers the chance of getting affected by the sexually transmitted infections.
  • Have sex with a partner who is not infected himself or does not have many sex partners.
  • Always use latex condoms while having sex.
  • Avoid risky practices of sex.

HWC Team

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