One of the most prominent ways to prevent STDs is to have safe sex. It is recorded that most of the people having unsafe sex are highly prone to the risk of developing STD. Mostly teenagers and people under the age of 24, should be cautious. This is because the risk of developing STD is higher in them compared to the adults. As a result, safe sex with proper use of the contraceptive methods and condom can help in the prevention of STD. As per the reports of World Health Organisation (WHO) about millions of people are affected by STD around the globe each day.
Although it may some astonishing, here are some more facts about STD that are sure to take you by surprise.
Women are more prone than men
Women are more rapidly and seriously affected by STD as compared to men. This is because of the body type. Men can easily transfer the infection to women but it is hard for the vice-versa process. Also, if women leave their STD conditions untreated, the problem may escalate and turn to be serious. Just for example, untreated Chlamydia can grow up-to Fallopian tube leading to pelvic infection and infertility. Although, men may not have such long-term health problem due to Chlamydia. Also, pregnant women suffering from syphilis and genital herpes tend to pass it on to their children.
There are several STDs
As per researches 25 different kind of STDs are known to mankind however, there are more than it. Some of the most commonly known STD include gonorrhea, hepatitis B, syphilis, pubic lice or crabs, Chlamydia, human papillomavirus (HPV) and trichomonas. Apart from it, some of the commonly known infections include scabies, hepatitis B, molluscum, contagiosum and mycoplasma genitalium. Apart from these are other STDs too which can be viral, bacterial and parasitic.
They can be treated but not cured
There are several STDs such as gonorrhea and syphilis which can be cured by antibiotics while insecticides can treat pubic lice and scabies. Also, there are STDs like HIV, HPV, Hepatitis B, genital warts which can't be completely cured but treated to some extent. These sexually transmitted diseases can have a negative impact on the health and romantic life. If you are suffering from any kind of STD, it is better to tell your partner before indulging in any physical relationship with them.
Men having sex with men are at the highest rate of developing syphilis
The number of patients suffering from Syphilis has been increasing each year. The percent of people suffering from syphilis is quite high and most of the reported cases are those of men indulging into sexual relationship with men. In the initial stage of syphilis, a small painless sore develops into the genital area. Through this chancre the syphilis bacteria enters the body. In case of men, this usually develops at the shaft or penis. Then the secondary stage of syphilis develops which causes rash, sores in genital and oral area. It may sometimes even lead to fever and body aches. Both, the primary and secondary stages of syphilis is contagious. Thus, it is recommended to make proper use of latex condoms. This helps to lower the risk of developing syphilis.
transmitted through oral sex
While many people think that with oral sex they are on safe side, they're wrong. Having an unprotected oral sex can increase the chances of developing herpes, hepatitis B, syphilis and gonorrhea. Even when you're having oral sex, it is better to use a condom or dental dam. However, in most of the cases, STDs are developed owing to vaginal fluid, semen and blood. Other STD that can be caused due to skin-to-skin contact include scabies, pubic lice and even molluscum contagiosum.
It is highly recommended that whether you are involving in oral or genital sex, you make use of the protective methods. Being on the safe side is important.