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Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs): a rising problem in public healthcare

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Combating STDs And STIs With Modern Treatment Methods

There are plenty of things in this world that you want to catch. A foul ball, a wedding bouquet, a lover into your arms. But then again there are some things that just might ruin your life if you catch them and that’s what we are going to be talking about today. Sexually Transmitted Infections or STI’s can ruin a life, and the more you know about them hopefully the better informed you will in understanding the importance of protecting yourself and others from them. STI’s are very often confused for STD’s but there is a significant difference. STI’s refer to things like HIV, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, etc. An STD is what happens when those STI’s cause serious medical complications like cancer within the body, so believe me when I say you definitely do now want to get an STD.

Difference between an STD and an STI

So why do I bring up STD’s in a conversation about STIs? Well to better express the importance of early detection. See the soon you go to talk to a professional about whatever “embarrassing” issue you may have contracted the better your chances are of getting it treated before it has the chance to turn into something even more serious. Being up front and honest about what is happening to your body may just save your life, so be sure to talk to someone as soon as you can if you even suspect you may be experiencing the symptoms of an STI.

Getting past the embarrassment

On the subject of being embarrassed to talk about them, it is also important that you talk to your partner or potential partner for the evening about STIs as well. It may be uncomfortable don’t get me wrong, but it is better to have a short uncomfortable conversation rather than wake up with a new disease for the rest of your life because you were a bit shy. STIs are just a risk factor of life for people who revel in having multiple random sexual encounters in their life or even for those people who share needles for injected drug use. Those types of bodily fluids being swapped between people is the main way that others end up with the same infections that we hear so much about.

Inform your partner immediately

Most importantly of all, if you have an STI, you NEED to tell your partner. You can not morally be okay with giving someone a life altering infection just because you want to get down and dirty for the night. If you still must have sex after having this conversation and either discovering that your partner has an STI or revealing that you do, wrap it up. Sexual protection methods such as condoms may not be 100% effective in preventing the spread of STIs, but it certainly does lower it.

How to know if you have an STI

So how do you tell if you have an STI? Well that part can be a bit more tricky because it is likely that you may not even have your first outbreak for weeks after you have initially caught it. However please be conscientious  of the follow signs and symptoms that may indicate you need to go seek a medical professional immediately.

  • You may experience flu like symptoms like swollen glands, fever, and body aches as your body fights off a new infection for the first time
  • If you experience pain during sex or afterwards when urinating
  • You may have unusual infections, or be fatigued for seemingly no reason, have night sweats or experience weight loss
  • If you catch an STI from oral sex you may actually end up with a sore throat
  • Likewise for anal sex, well you may end up with pain in or around your anus
  • Chancre sores can appear on the genital or anal areas, on the tongue or your throat
  • You may experience pain around your pelvis area
  • For women there could be itching or discharge from the vagina
  • And for men there could be discharge from the penis

Always seek a doctor

Of course this is not all, but please, go to your doctor if this happens for any reason after a sexual encounter. They will be able to take a secretion sample from your genital area or do a blood test to confirm their diagnosis of any potentially life threatening infection. Stay safe out there everyone.

   

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10 thoughts on “Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs): a rising problem in public healthcare

  • Nathaniel Richards says:

    I contracted HSV-2 from having unprotected sex with a promiscuous person. He didn’t ejaculate inside me, nor did he have any sores on his penis, but I caught it, anyway. From this experience, I learned that herpes is transmitted from skin-to-skin contact and a person does not have to be having an active outbreak to spread it. The good news is that a faith healing from the Master Healing Angels cured it.

  • Jackson Whelan says:

    A young lady I know encountered herpes. She was so fanatic she blamed her boyfriend and made him feel like the worst person in the world. They broke up only to find out he didn’t have herpes. She messed around and got a point proven.

  • Chase Monson says:

    Bacteria, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.
    Viruses, including HIV/AIDS, herpes simplex virus, human papillomavirus, hepatitis B virus, cytomegalovirus (CMV), and Zika.
    Parasites, such as trichomonas vaginalis, or insects such as crab lice or scabies mites.Of these 8 infections, 4 are currently curable: syphilis, gonorrhoea, chlamydia and trichomoniasis. The other 4 are viral infections which are incurable: hepatitis B, herpes simplex virus (HSV or herpes), HIV, and human papillomavirus (HPV)

  • Patrick Foster says:

    I got infected with syphilis from my friend’s girlfriend while the boyfriend had traveled and she tricked me while i was under the influence of alcohol. i tried to hide it but it became much painful and i had to seek for medical help. when i confessed it to my friend(her boyfriend) he left her and cut our friendship too

  • Arlo Duncan says:

    When I was 17, I contracted chlamydia. When I told the person who had infected me, they feigned ignorance and acted like they didn’t know what I was talking about when I brought up the subject. I got antibiotics and it was cleared up. I was lucky that the infection did not have a chance to progress to anything serious like PID.

  • Adam Weaver says:

    I had a one night stand from a girl I met at the club and she had said she was clean. Little did I realize she had herpes which had passed onto me. I feel hurt and betrayed that I must now live with this forever.

  • Leo Monk says:

    If you ask a woman if you can take off the condom on your first sexual encounter and she agrees, that should be a red flag that something is up. Wish that would have occurred to me in my twenties. Next thing I know I have genital herpes. Wtf! I guess it was my own fault but we all know having sex without a condom is so much better. Luckily it was an easy fix and have gone away. Lesson learned.

  • Dominic Wright says:

    When I started a relationship with my newest partner, they requested that I have a check done for any STI’s. I found that advice to be wise and asked them to do the same to which they agreed. Happily ever after.

  • Cooper Fielding says:

    One of my closest friends obtained a weird sexually transmitted infection. It’s so small the doctor told her that it can actually go through the condom.

  • Oscar Nevin says:

    When I was twenty three my friends and I visited a Strip Club in Newark New Jersey. I ended up dating one of the women who worked there and contracted an S.T.I very shortly afterwards. That was that last time I had unprotected sex before I’ve got married.

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