What Are STDs and who is at risk?
As the name suggests, STD is infections or diseases which are transmitted through sexual interactions. The four most common STDs are chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and trichomoniasis. If you are having unprotected sex, you are deemed to be at a high risk of contracting any of these diseases. While they are mostly curable – STDs can cause severe discomfort and pain while diminishing the quality of your sex life as well. So, if you are having unprotected sex, you may be at a greater risk at contracting a serious sexually transmitted disease.
STDs have no warning signs.
Most people believe in the common myth that if you or your partner had asexually transmitted disease, you would be able to notice some symptoms or signs. But that’s not the case. In most instances, there are no clear signs or symptoms to warn you. Especially in women, it’s not easy to notice any warnings or signs of STDs.
STDs aren’t just bothersome – they could have serious consequences
Another common misconception amongst people is that STDs are just a minor inconvenience which goes away after a while. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. If left untreated, most types of STDs could lead to serious complications such as urinary tract infections, infertility and different types of cancer. On the other hand, some types of sexually transmitted diseases even cause syphilis and AIDs which could even endanger your life. So, keep in mind – no STD is completely harmless. Don’t take them lightly.
How Can You Protect Yourself From STDs
While the conventional answer to this question is to not have sex at all. But that is not the solution. You can continue to have healthy and active sex life by taking a few, simple precautions. From latex contraceptives to regular tests, you can make your sex life more enjoyable and safe by avoiding STDs quite easily.