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4th Dec 2018

Learn the ABCs of STIs

This article is a reference guide which provides an introduction and constructive information on everyone’s favorite topic, sexually transmitted infections (STI).

Sex is fun.
STIs? Not so much.

STIs are caused by bacteria, viruses, and parasites spread through sexual contact.

Read on to find out more. This article is an introduction to STIs.
Learn the ABCs – avoid, basics, causes & cures.

A – Avoid

Although the only guaranteed way to steer fully clear of STIs is not to have sex, there are several methods you can follow in order to limit the risk.

Do not wait until you are sexually involved with someone to take these protective measures, STI prevention begins before engaging in any sexual activity.

Here are some prevention methods to follow in order to avoid STIs:

1. Communication – regardless of how awkward it may be, talk about your sexual histories.

2. One partner – more sexual partners = a higher risk of getting an STI, so stick to one sexual partner in order to limit the risk.

3. Male Condoms – condoms are your best friend. Use latex or polyurethane condoms.

4. Avoid anal – anal sex = higher risk of contracting an STI.

5. Vaccinations – get vaccinated against hepatitis B (HBV) and human papillomavirus (HPV).

6. Get tested – not everyone that has an STI is aware of it so it is important that both you and your partner get tested.

7. Good hygiene – wash your hands before & after sexual activity, rinse off after, and urinate after sex.

B – Basics

Here are a few basic facts that you should familiarize yourselves with regarding STIs.

  • Being diagnosed with an STI has the ability to cause physical, psychological, and emotional discomfort.
  • Symptoms are not only troublesome but can also be agonizing.
  • Some STIs cause no symptoms
  • Some STIs can indeed be treated
  • If not treated, some can lead to severe health problems

C – Causes & Cures

Yes, some STIs can be cured. The ones caused by bacteria generally can.

Some of the STIs that can be cured include chancroid, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and trichomoniasis.

Here is a list of symptoms grouped with an STI(s), showcasing which symptoms are potentially caused by which STI(s):

1. STI: chlamydia, gonorrhoea symptoms: abnormal vaginal discharge, pain during sex, burning or pain during urination, lower abdominal pain.

2. STI: pelvic inflammatory disease symptoms: abnormal vaginal discharge, lower abdominal pain, pain during sex

3. STI: herpes symptoms: burning or pain during urination, itching or tingling in the genital area, blisters or sores on the genitals, anus, surrounding areas, or mouth

4. STI: trichomoniasis symptoms: itching or tingling in the genital area, unusual vaginal discharge (changes in color, consistency, amount, odor)

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are something that you definitely want to avoid, and you can, if you follow these guidelines.

Sing the alphabet. Learn the ABCs of STIs.

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