There are different types, a total of 25 at last count, of STD and they all have one thing in common: they are easily transferred sexually. Other from sexual transference, the diseases can also enter the body through open wounds, body fluids sharing and exchanging, and shared needles.
Six of these STDs are believed to be the most prevalent which include genital warts, AIDS, gonorrhea, syphilis, Chlamydia, and herpes. Of the six mentioned, Chlamydia tops the list for being the most widespread. The spread of Chlamydia increases by the year and last count was detected cases of 3 million. Antibiotics can clear up Chlamydia if treated right away but if left too late may be one of the chief causes of infertility and pelvic inflammatory disease.
Early onset of STD can cause symptoms such as genital sores, pain, and itchiness. In men, STDs can be manifested by signs such as penile discharges, pain while urinating, and testicular swelling and pain.
Most of the STDs are curable, but the scars they leave behind will be for a lifetime. Pelvic Inflammatory Disease can be a lifelong problem brought by STDs such as syphilis, gonorrhea, and Chlamydia. Cervical cancer or Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) can be the effect of genital warts.
The sad truth is that there are incurable STDs, which can only be managed and treated, and they include Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), Hepatitis B, and HIV. Early detection is always an advantage and it pays to take an STD test if you suspect or show signs and symptoms of having STD. Consulting a physician should be the first step who can recommend an STD test that could either be done at the clinic or laboratory. It goes without saying that all STD tests may not be reliable and accurate. That may be so, but it still stands a greater chance of giving an accurate result especially when there was an activity of casual sex or multiple partner sexual activity.
Should the test show positive, the immediate step would be the means and ways to get a cure, and if ever there is none for some STDs such as HIV and AIDS, the proper management should be discussed with the doctor. HIV for one has no known cure, but several cases of people infected with it have lived long and meaningful lives due to the right management of the disease.
It cannot be said enough that preventive measures are worth their weight in gold than a cure. A cure or right management may be able to delay the life-threatening effects of the virus, but the lifetime disability will be there. PID or pelvic inflammatory disease could not only bring pain but also one of the causes of infertility. Acquiring another disease like HPV as an effect from genital warts could be debilitating as well as depressing.
If abstinence could not be the reason to avoid STDs, the nest best thing would be is to use protective barriers every time there is sexual activity.