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Sexually Transmitted Infections: Why Assess Your Risk?

Sexually Transmitted Infections: Why Assess Your Risk?

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Have you had a hot One-Night Stand lately?

Does your partner have sex with other women or men?

Did you have a juicy foreplay with a stranger?

If you had, you are at risk for a sexually-transmitted infection (STI)/

Now, I don’t want to scare you, but the fact is, about 50% of all people are likely to have an STI at some point in their lifetime.

 

What Is A Sexually Transmitted Infection?

A STI is a disease that can be passed from one person to another by sexual contact (anal, oral or vaginal).

And if you think:

“Yeah, but I only did some foreplay and touching here and there.” 

I have to tell you that even a STI can be passed on to you or your partner through foreplay or genital touching.

Most STIs are passed on through infected body fluids e.g. blood, saliva, vaginal secretion or semen.

Very few are passed on through skin-to-skin contact. STIs can even be passed on from a mother to her baby during birth.

Whether you are an expecting mother and want to make sure you and your baby are safe, or you are unsure about your last sex partner, or you have a strange vaginal discharge or vaginal itching and aren’t sure what it is, I recommend that you read this article, then see a doctor to make sure what exactly you are dealing with and then use nature and common sense to heal or prevent any STI or Vaginal Infection.

 

There are some factors that increase your risks for contracting an STI:

  1. Unprotected sex: Anytime you have sex without protection, you are increasing your risk of getting an STI.

 

  1. Sex with multiple partners: The more people you have sex with, the more you up the chances of getting an infection. And that goes for sex with multiple partners at the same time, as well as serial monogamy.

 

  1. Using drugs or alcohol: It is true that sharing needles greatly raises the risk of infection. But it is also true that using drug or alcohol lowers judgment, and increases chances of participating in other risky behaviour.

 

There are also factors that reduce your risks for STIs:

  1. Get tested: Include testing for STIs with your annual exam.

 

  1. Get them tested: Ask a new partner to get tested before having sex.

 

  1. Safe sex: Always use a condom and practice safe sex.

 

  1. Avoid drugs and alcohol.

 

What Are The Symptoms of Sexually Transmitted Infections?

Sometimes, it’s hard to tell if you might have an STI.

Some infections have little or no symptoms. Your best bet is to get tested regularly.

There are some symptoms that can occur:

  1. Abnormal vaginal discharge: Discharge that is grey, yellow or green and has a strong odour can be a sign of an STI.

 

  1. Pain when urinating.

 

  1. Abnormal bleeding between periods.

 

  1. Unexplained fever.

 

  1. Swollen or painful glands in the genital area.

 

If untreated, some STIs can cause pain during sex, muscle aches and back pain, infertility.

And don’t worry too much.

In most cases it is just another normal vaginal infection, such as; vaginal bacterial infection or urinary tract infection.

But if you do have an STI, early detection is key.

There’s a lot of information about STIs, but the clearest is that if you are having sex, you are at risk.

Know the risks, get tested, and practice safe sex; it’s the only way to reduce the risk.

 

YOUR TURN:

Did you ever have STI? If so, please let us know what you did to heal it? What was the first sign of the Infection? Please help other women and men by sharing your thoughts.

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Olatoun Ayoola is a Relationship and Marriage Counselor, a Sex Therapist, Family life Coach and Blogger that specializes in providing hope, support and guidance for individuals and couples, both in and out of marriages, relationships and their sex life, and also to help them live a fulfilling and enriching life.