Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs): What You Need To Know
Most of us love getting hot & heavy between the sheets, but, as Shakespeare said, the course of true love never did run smooth. Unfortunately, this kind of enjoyable skin-to-skin contact has its pitfalls, and if you’re not practicing safe sex, there are several types of STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) that can cause discomfort, pain or worse symptoms. The good news is that these sexual diseases are easily prevented by using condoms during gay or heterosexual intercourse, as well as taking sensible precautions such as washing and sterilizing sex toys between uses and between partners.
Common types of STDs include:
- HPV / Herpes
- Pubic lice (“crabs”)
Sexually transmitted diseases: Know the Symptoms
Chlamydia is often symptomless so many people don’t know that they have it. If Chlamydia is not treated, it can develop into infections in the genital region and even infertility in women. It is particularly harmful to pregnant women as it can be passed onto the baby. Luckily Chlamydia is easily treated with a simple course of antibiotics prescribed by your local doctor but remember: prevention is better than cure! Use a condom if you’re having gay or heterosexual intercourse.
- Genital area feels uncomfortable while urinating or having sex
- Aching pain in the region of the lower abdomen
- Discharge (sometimes yellow or green in color) from vagina or penis
HPV / Herpes
Herpes and HPV are not exactly the same thing, though both are similar viruses and are commonly identified by lesions on the genitals. HPV and Herpes can also lie dormant in the body with no symptoms at all. There is no cure for either virus, so remember to wear a condom when engaging in heterosexual or gay intercourse or oral sex with a stranger or untested individual.
HPV / Herpes symptoms:
- HPV: genital warts
- Herpes: symptoms similar to flu, sores on genitals or mouth area