Some Common Facts About STDs

Facts About STDs Many myths and facts surround sensitive topics like sex and issues related to the same. This is very true for issues like Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) that are misinterpreted frequently.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases can cause plenty of health related issues in the short as well as long term. Some of the more serious issues include infertility, cervical cancer and birth defects in newborn babies.

And so it is considered extremely essential to have a proper knowledge about STDs (including their occurrence, modes of infection and methods of treatment).

Some Common Facts About STDs

STDs Affect only Morally Bad People

From day one, STDs have been treated as symbols of immoral behaviour and are considered by many to affect only those individuals who cheat on their spouses or have illicit affairs. The truth is however far from it.

STDs affect any individual who has unprotected sex with an infected person. STDs are like any other disease and can spread faster via unprotected sex.

Oral Sex can Protect you From STDs

Hardly! Any form of unprotected sex can get you STDs if you are not careful. And the same goes for oral sex as well which can cause issues like gonorrhea, herpes, Chlamydia and hepatitis etc.

STDs travel faster via infections (caused by bacteria and viruses) that can enter the body via ulcers, cuts, open sores, abrasions and wounds etc. So irrespective of it being vaginal, oral or even anal sex, STDs have high chances of spreading from one individual to another.

Two Condoms are Better than One in Preventing STDs

On the contrary, using two condoms at once can actually increase your chances of contracting STDs or getting pregnant. This is because condoms worn one above the other can rub against each other during the act and the ensuing friction between them can potentially cause them to tear of simply slip off during sex.

Wearing two condoms at once also does not offer added protection against STDs. Condoms are made to be used only once and so do not offer any added protection against these issues.

Even if you wear one condom over the other, it would only be the inner condom that would be doing its work of protecting you from STDs and pregnancy while the outer one acts only as a decoration piece.

Common Facts About STDs

I can Prevent STDs if I use Oral Contraceptives

Oral contraceptive pills are designed to only prevent unwanted pregnancies and menstrual issues. They nowhere aid in treating or preventing STDs. If you want to stay safe from STDs (and HIV) while having sex, the best option would be to use a condom during the act and then use a pill later to be safe.

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Signs And Symptoms Of STDs

Signs of STDs can be Easily Spotted

That’s the problem. While some STDs can be easily spotted as soon as the initial signs start showing up, some take time to materialize while infecting the body from within. tAnd by the time they do show up, it would be too late to make amendments.

Some STDs show up only in blood, DNA or microscopic tests. And while it would take time for the infected person to find out that he/she has STDs, some individuals would silently act as carriers for the diseases without even realizing it themselves.

If Infected Once You Become Immune

Totally false! STDs can infect the body any and every time unprotected sex with an infected person is involved. The body does not develop immunity to the disease after the first occurrence. So there are high chances of you contracting STDs even if you were affected by the same before.

One can get Affected by one Form of STD at a Time

That’s where you are wrong. There are different types of STDs and the causes and effects may vary from one issue to the other. However, this doesn’t stop you from contracting more than one form of STD at the same time.

There have been several instances where some individuals have been affected by issues like herpes, HIV and hepatitis at the same time.

Any and Every Kind of STD is Curable

Remember that AIDS is also a type of STD that can leave you stranded for life. While STDs that are caused by bacterial infections (like gonorrhea or syphilis) can be easily treated using antibiotics and other standard treatments, a select group of STDs that are caused by viruses can affect individuals lifelong.

Some examples of STDs that remain with you for life include AIDS, Hepatitis B, HIV, and Genital Herpes etc. And while medications can help you curb the side effects of these issues to an extent, the agents that cause these issues will remain in your system for as long as you live.