Sexual transmitted diseases or STDs are caused by infections that are transferred from one individual to another during sex. Over the years, STD cases have increased rapidly, causing a lot of disturbance in the lives of the infected people as they get suffer from various medical conditions.
In the United States alone, over 20 million people get infected by different STDs, including syphilis, hepatitis B, gonorrhea, and chlamydia.
With STDs, symptoms usually don’t appear suddenly. They typically take around ten days after exposure. However, at times, some people don’t experience any symptoms of STDs even after a few months. Nonetheless, people that are infected commonly experience a burning sensation when they urinate, pain during intercourse, constant testicular inflammation, etc. If left untreated, their condition can get worse and can even cause infertility.
Unfortunately, a lot of people are not ready to talk STDs, even if they believe they are infected by them. They feel shy talking about it with their sexual partners, also with their healthcare providers. They think it will be hard for them to live in their society normally, once people get to know that are they are being affected by an STD.
Getting into a discussion about STDs with your sexual partners and your healthcare provider is crucial to maintaining good sexual health. There is nothing being shy about it when you know anyone can get infected by them and can be cured.
Here is how you can make a conversation about them a little less awkward and a lot more useful:
With Healthcare Providers:
- When you visit a healthcare provider, make sure you are prepared to talk about the disease. It’s recommended to write down a few notes and questions to stay on track since, on average, interactions with a health care inspector last for a few minutes.
- Get in open conversation with your provider about the type of sex you are having with your partner. While making sure the conversation you have with them stays completely confidential.
- Talk to the provider about the preventative measures you can take to get infected with STDs. In case they prescribe your medicine, make sure you know the best way to get them.
With Sexual Partners:
- Get to know more about STDs yourself before you get into a conversation with your partner.
- Make sure you began talking with your partner in a relaxed environment, to allow a healthy discussion.
- Try to focus on the sexual health of your partner and yourself when having a discussion with them about STDs. Avoid using a language that may hurt their emotions.
- Suggest getting tested together to help build and maintain trust in one another. Also, suggest getting it treated together if anyone of you is diagnosed with an STD.
With the ongoing passage of time, STDs are getting more and more common, so why avoid discussion on them.
Talking about them with the right people and practicing safe sex is the only one can prevent STDs.