Let’s face it! Sexual health is very important and sexually transmitted infections are quite a taboo subject and maybe this is one of the reasons they spread out so easily. We don’t want to know about them, many people don’t even experience symptoms and those who do will often mistake them for a urinary tract infection. But they can do so much more damage.
By simply ignoring these infections, you’re not only putting your health at risk but your partner’s health too. The problem with these diseases is that most of the time they don’t have any symptoms until it’s too late. The good news is that most of them at treatable, but what do you need to know in case you have an STI?
What are the STI symptoms?
First of all, you need to know that there are 3 types of STI’s: bacterial, viral, and parasitic. The bacterial and parasitic infections can be cured and the viral ones can be treated but never completely cured.
Symptoms vary for each STI, but they include sores or blisters on or around the genital area or in the mouth, pain or burning sensation during urination, unusual discharge, swelling, pain in the pelvic area or abdomen. If you have any of these symptoms you might have an STI but it could also mean nothing, so it’s safe to talk to your doctor about it.
What can you do to prevent STI?
As I already mentioned, some STI’s can’t be cured so safe sex should be your no.1 priority! You should also avoid contact with someone that might be infected.
If they find out that you have an STI, the doctor or nurse will tell you about the available treatment. If the STI is a bacterial infection, you will be given an antibiotic that will cure the STI completely. That is the case with chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis.
If you suffer from genital warts, you can remove them with freezing, creams like Aldara or surgery. Without this the wart, and the wart virus, can clear on their own within a couple of years. Smoking slows down wart clearance.
STI’s that are caused by viruses are more difficult to cure. Some, like HIV and herpes, can never be cured but they can be managed with treatment.
The main idea here is that you have to be careful and take these things very seriously. Your health is your most prized possession, so take care of it!