“Safe sex is great sex?”, “If you love her, wear your cover” heard these around? Well we sure have! Safe sex, that is, taking some precautionary measures before having sex with your partner has always been encouraged and lauded. Safe sex explicitly means that you care about your partner and about yourself. Although safe sex is primarily practiced to hinder unwanted pregnancy, there are other very deep rooted and possibly sinister results that need to be prevented. They include the STD or Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
Sexually transmitted diseases are ‘infections’ transferred during a sexual intercourse by the use of mouth, anus, vagina, or penis and are not much of diseases in many cases as they hardly exhibit any symptoms, however every one out of four people is contracting different types of STD each year. So what exactly is contained in the STDs? Let us study the different types of STDs to learn more about them.
Although there are approximately 30 types of STDs existing, we will focus on the most common ones.
The virus of HIV is transmitted through vaginal or anal contact in sexual intercourse. As this virus invades the blood stream, it battles down the body’s natural resistance against disease. Belatedly, this virus converts into AIDS; a condition where the body has no fight left against any sort of virus or any malignant foreign element. AIDS has no cure, thus this has been defined as one of the most dangerous types of STDs.
Genital Herpes is categorized under dangerous types of STDs, you will discover the reason why. Genital Herpes is a disease which causes ugly red sores like blisters all over the genital region. These sores can be transmitted through any sort of sex and often not discovered for a long time. They arise and disappear erratically, being more contagious when they are visible. The worst part? Even when they disappear, the virus remains in your body. It is untreatable.
Gonorrhea and Chlamydia
Women need to be alerted here, these types of STDs attack them the most! Gonorrhea and Chlamydia is caused by vaginal or anal sex and although they begin off simultaneously, by hardly revealing any symptoms, they affect the sexual life of a woman most viciously. Gonorrhea and Chlamydia manifest themselves in both men and women in the form of stinging burning while urination and a weird discharge from the vagina/penis. If left unattended, these types of STDs can cause serious problems such as sterility in men, and PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease) and increased chances of ectopic pregnancy in women as well as the possibility of affecting the child who is given birth to by the affected mother.
Syphilis is one of the most important types of STDs since it is horribly dangerous but also easily preventable unlike the other diseases. Syphilis can be transmitted sexually, as well as being in contact with the Syphilis sore. The contact results in a sore and a variety of other symptoms. If neglected, Syphilis can lead to fatal brain and heart abnormalities. On the other hand, its virus is killed by using a soap on the area and a very effective cure has been procured that helps recover the victims!
Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
HPV and Herpes share a connection: both are the types of STDs that manifest in the shape of boils, blisters or warts which are sexually transmitted, appear and reappear periodically and have no real cure. HPV however can be life threatening if nor cured: it can lead to cervical cancer.
Hepatitis B and C
Hepatitis B and C are the types of STDs spread via blood, semen or vaginal fluids. This infection of liver can be cured in the case of Hepatitis B but not C (whos vaccine is not yet available). These STDs if not cured, lead to liver diseases.