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Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STI's)- The Facts

The HIV VirusIt turns out that a lot of us think we can tell whether or not our sexual partner has an STI. Others think that Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) is the only serious sexually transmitted threat. Well weíre gonna have to wise up guys and get it into our heads the facts of STIís. All STIís are potentially dangerous not just HIV/AIDS!

Read on to find out more about STIís and their consequences....

What Are STIíS?

STIís are nasty infections that people can get when having unprotected sex with a person who already has an STI. And when I say nasty infections, I mean NASTY! Sexual activity will obviously involve getting close to another person. Being close allows infections present in one person to be passed on to the other person. You canít be much closer when you are sexually intimate, so it isnít surprising if germs get spread that way!

There are at least 25 different STIís. What they all have in common is that they can be spread when having sex.

Why Are STIís Important?

Whatís important about Sexually Transmitted Infections is that a lot of them can cause serious and permanent damage to your health if left untreated. Some STIís can make people (both male and female) unable to have children, so it is important that all infections are seen by a doctor and treated as soon as possible, as the Infections can then be treated effectively.

Who Gets STIíS?

People of all ages, colours, religious backgrounds, income and education levels are at risk of catching an STI if having unprotected sex. You donít have to be Ďsleeping aroundí to catch an STI; just about everyone who has sex can get an infection. Even if you and your boy/girlfriend have been Ďfaithfulí to each other for long time, it is still possible that one of you might suddenly discover an infection. Obviously though, the more partners you have, the greater chance you will have to develop an infection.

How Do You Know You May Be Infected?

You wonít always know if you have an infection... Thatís why itís so risky having unprotected sex. You may easily catch an STI then quite happily pass it on to your partner without even knowing. And all because you didnít use any contraception. But remember just because you havenít got any symptoms of an infection that doesnít mean it isnít causing any damage to you! The safest thing to do is to have regular check-ups with a doctor or nurse, just to be on the safe side. Is it really worth catching a Sexually Transmitted Infection and not doing anything about it?

On the other hand you or/and your partner could develop any of these disgustingly gruesome symptoms. Iíll warn you they donít sound attractive and they certainly wonít look attractive if you do get them. They also mainly appear in your tender areas! So read on and cringe:

  • A Symptom of SyphilisAbnormal/smelly discharge from vagina or penis
  • Bleeding
  • Boils
  • Burning sensation
  • Chancres
  • Irritations
  • Odours
  • Pains
  • Pus
  • Sores
  • Tenderness
  • Urine changes
  • Warts blisters
  • Cervicitis
  • Growths
  • Itches
  • Painful intercourse
  • Polyps
  • Rashes
  • Swellings
  • Ulcers
  • Vaginal yeast infections

Sounds lovely doesnít it!! Well you can see why it is so important to use a condom canít you!!

But as I said earlier, infections are not always so easy to spot. The best thing to do is to go to a clinic just for a check up. That way at least you know whether you have an infection or not!

Where Do I Go For A Check Up?

You need to see your doctor if you think you have an infection. They can give you all of the necessary help and advice. If you really canít face your doctor then STI Clinics will help or you could get advice from Family Planning Clinics and Brook Advisory Clinics.

Common Sexually Transmitted Iinfections:

The HIV virusClick here for our guide of the names of the most common infections with brief descriptions, which you have to look out for. It won't tell you everything but you'll get a damn good picture of what you don't wanna get. However if you do want more check out our link sites, for a more detailed explanation of STIís. However, make sure youíve put down your snack bars guys Ďcos you ainít gonna feel like eating.

Check out our guide to the STI's

    Taken  a look, well believe me those are just some of the common infections. Scaring you? Well you shouldnít have to worry too much if you decide to use a condom as protection!

      Ways You Can Avoid STIíS

      There are several things you could do which, together, help to make sex safer:

      • Get to know your partner better before you have sex. This lets you talk with each other about how to protect yourselves.

      • You might be getting the message by now but get some condoms and learn how to use them properly. Only use condoms that carry the kitemark of the British Standards Institution and make sure they contain spermicide as well.
      • Have routine check ups at STI clinics.
      • Tell your partner if you think you may have an infection. That way your partner can be treated too, and wonít pass the infection back.

      Read:

      All about Contraception

      Table of the Major STI's

      Visiting the Doctor

      Helplines


      Links to Check Out about STIíS:

      http://www.Plannedparenthood.org/sti/stis_index.html

      http://www.unspeakable.com

      Sexwise
      Website: www.ruthinking.co.uk
      Tel: 0800 28 29 30

      AIDS Helpline (National)
      Tel: 0800 567123

      Terence Higgins Trust
      Website: www.tht.org.uk
      Tel: 020 7242 1010

      Remember!!! - Having sex under the age of 16 in the UK is illegal

      - Vick

      Safe Sex
      Would you or do you practise safe sex?
      Yeah, you're stupid not to
      Depends on the circumstances and the situation
      No


      If you believe the media we're all having sex, myth or the truth?
      Is everybody having sex?
      No, I'm not and my friends and everybody else just lie and exaggerate
      Yeah but not as much as everybody makes out about
      Yes, I am and so is everbody I know

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      ©1999-2003 Pupiline Limited, 2003-2008 Creative Commons. For info email Oli Originally powered by KeConnect Internet, now powered by XCalibre and the Big Boost, recovered thanks to Warrick


      ©1999-2003 Pupiline Limited, 2003-2008 Creative Commons. For info email Oli Originally powered by KeConnect Internet, now powered by XCalibre and the Big Boost, recovered thanks to Warrick