Jun 09, 2014
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) or Infection (STI)
Sexually transmitted disease or infections – STD, are a group of infections that have a high probability of being transmitted between humans by means of sexual activity including vaginal intercourse, anal and oral sex. They can also be easily contacted from the use of contaminated intravenous needles by drug addicts.
Until the early 90’s STD was referred to as Venereal Disease or simply VD and in the main consisted of Gonorrhoea and Syphilis. In the intervening years STD have become much more prevalent and involve a much wider spectrum of bacterial, viral and yeast infections.
What are the main STD’s that you need to be aware of?
Sexually transmitted diseases may be categorized according to causative organism thus:
• Treponema pallidum (Syphilis)
• Mycoplasma homis
• Mycoplasma genitalium
• Ureaplasma urealyticium.
• Herpes Simplex Virus 1
• Herpes Simplex Virus 2
• HIV giving rise to AIDS
• Trichomonas Vaginitis.
• Pediculosis pubis or Pubic Lice. Can be contracted other than through sexual activity.
What are the symptoms of STD?
The symptoms of any given STD will depend on the organism causing it. That said, very many STD are symptom free or do not give rise to any symptoms until they have caused damage that may by then be irreparable. It is therefore imperative that if you think you have been exposed to contracting a STD you have screening urine or swap test done. This should screen for at least the 10 commonest STD. There is no point in screening for just a few of them. That is a waste of time. This can now be carried out from the comfort and privacy of your own home and testing kits are available for purchase from this website. They are easy to use and understand and you will have results back within a week.
Prevention of STD.
The best way to ensure that you do not contract a STD is to ensure that you NEVER indulge in unprotected sexual activity with anybody other than with someone with whom you have had a long and trusting relationship.
If you are worried that you may have contracted a STD then please do not wait for symptoms that might never appear. We are here to help you.