FAQ About Sexually Transmitted Diseases Ė STDs
What is an STD?
An STD stands for Sexually Transmitted Disease meaning exactly what it says. A disease that is commonly transmitted in a sexual manner either through intercourse anal or oral. There are many STDs that can be transmitted in other ways other than sexually, but is generally rare.
Do I have an STD?
It is can be very hard to say if you have an STD without proper testing because some STDs show very little or no symptoms, but if you have had any sexual contact in your life especially unprotected, but not limited to, you are could be at risk of being infected with an STD and should be tested regularly..
What are the Symptoms of STDs
While most STDs do show some kind of symptoms itís very possible that symptoms may go unnoticed or might not exist at all. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you should seek medical attention immediately because you may have an STD.
Is there a cure for STDs?
Some STDs are curable if diagnosed at an early enough time while others have no cure and if you contract it, it will stay with you the rest of your life.
How many people have STDs?
The easiest answer is about one in four people have an STD, but can be even more because some STDs can be treated at home such as Crabs and wonít end up being counted by medical providers.
I have an STD did my partner cheat on me?
If you recently found out you have an STD and you have been in a monogamous with your relationship boyfriend or girlfriend and you have not cheated it doesnít necessarily mean your partner has cheated on you, contracted an STD and given it to you. Many STDs can stay hidden with no symptoms for Years. So while your partner may have given it to you they may have already contracted it before they were with you and it is now just becoming active in there and/or your body. More information Here
How can I avoid contracting an STD?
It should be made more known that even with proper condom usage it is still very easily possible to contract an STD. That being said the only real way to stay clear from STDs, as Iím sure youíve heard before, is to refrain from any sexual contact including oral. Other than that being in a monogamous relationship where no one cheats and both people have been tested for all STDS you would be fine, but most places donít test for all STDs and sometimes no matter how well you think you know someone sometimes things happen and they cheat so this is not really a foolproof way of being free and clear of STDs.
Can I get an STD from Oral intercourse?A common misconception is that you cannot get an STD from giving or receiving oral intercourse. This is of course very untrue. There is Gonorrhea of the throat, Herpes, and Genital Warts of the mouth that can all easily be transmitted when engaging in acts of oral. It may also be possible to spread other STDs such as HIV, Syphilis, Crabs, or Scabies this way as well.
Can I get an STD if Iím a Virgin?If you are a virgin and you are not engaging in any sexual activity than your chances of getting an STD are very slim although not impossible. Sexual activity includes any touching of any ďprivate partĒ either by you or your partner. Once engaged in any sexual activity your chances of contracting an STD increases dramatically.
Do all STDs have Symptoms?While many STD symptoms can be prevalent in most cases there can be an unusual amount of times where the symptoms donít show up for years or are so unnoticeable they go undetected. If you have had sexual relations with a partner it is important to be tested for all STDs to be sure.
Are Condoms Effective Against All STDs?Condoms are a great way to protect yourself while engaging in sexual acts, but unfortunately arenít that effective against all STDs. More info on condoms and STDs.
Can I get an STD even though my partner has no symptoms?If your partner is infected with an STD the chances of contracting it is only slightly lower when there are no symptoms present such as in HSV, but they are still contagious and transmission of the disease is possible.
Are cold sores really Herpes?Yes cold sores on your mouth are a symptom of the Herpes Simplex Virus-1 and can be transmitted to the genitals as well as the mouth.
Can I get an STD from kissing?It is possible to contract certain STDs from kissing such as Herpes from kissing, but with most STDs the chances are pretty slim, but still existent.
Should I get tested for an STD?Everyone that has engaged in any kind of sexual activity should be tested for all STDs on a regular basis to insure protection of yourself and future partners.
Can I get an STD more than once?If you have contracted and cleared up a bacterial infection such as Gonorrhea or Chlamydia once you finish treatment you are at risk of contracting the infection again. The Antibiotics you took to clear up the infection is just to cure it it's not a vaccine.
Can I get an STD from a public toilet?There have been no studies that show STDs can be transmitted by contact with public toilets.
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