When it comes to sexual health, it’s important to understand what’s out there. Preventing and avoiding disease is so important to your health, mentally and physically. After all, it’s much easier to be cautious than to treat and recover from certain communicable diseases. It can take a lot of mental and physical energy to treat STDs. Some STDs are easier to treat than others, and some are going to stick around for a lot longer than the fun you had while contracting them. Keep reading to learn more about how to keep yourself safe and keep your health intact all year long.
Safe sex is key to preventing issues that may linger for months, or cause you concern for the rest of your life. Getting regularly tested for STDs is important, as is having your partner get tested. Use the barrier method to cut down your chances of contracting an STD. That means using condoms, dental dams, and other protective wear.
Some of the most common STDs are Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, and Herpes. Chlamydia and Gonorrhea may both present themselves as pain or burning while urinating, or even an abnormal discharge from the vagina. Syphilis is a more complex
In some cases, you’re dealing with a bacterial infection (such as with Gonorrhea or Chlamydia), which means that you’ll need to take a full round of antibiotics to completely cure yourself. Remember to finish the recommended dose from your doctor, even if your symptoms clear sooner than that, since the bacteria may not have been fully killed. In fact, misuse of antibiotics can cause your disease to come back again, or even help create stronger bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics.
In the case of Herpes, you’re dealing with the virus for the rest of your life. Thankfully, there are medications to help you control and manage symptoms.