What is the best way of protecting yourself from STI’s. In this article we hope to provide some tips and guidance on how to best prevent sexually transmitted infections. Do consider consulting with your doctor immediately if you think you are suffering from an STI. If you are living a sexually active lifestyle it is also best for your health to consider a sexual health check.
The infections of STI’s are caused by bacteria which is spread when sexual contact is made. These sexual infections can also cause several internal issues such as infertility. They are also not limited to being transferred physically as many diseases can be transferred through infected blood and used needles.
Here are some tips to best defend yourself and raise your knowledge in how to best protect yourself during and after your sexual encounters.
STIs are caused by bacteria
Bacteria cause most STIs. These infections spread through direct contact between the mucous membranes of the reproductive organs, the oral cavity, or through body fluids. Since most of these infections are caused by bacteria, there is no way to prevent them by avoiding sexual contact. However, a few pathogens can be transmitted through other means, including airborne transmission. To avoid getting infected, you should always wash your hands after touching a person’s body.
Although the symptoms of an STI usually appear days to weeks after contact, some symptoms may take months to appear. This is because many people with STIs do not show symptoms and may remain asymptomatic for many days. Therefore, a person infected with a STI may pass the infection on to someone else without realizing it. One in 10 women and half of men infected with gonorrhoea will not exhibit any symptoms during the infection period. However, when symptoms do develop, they are very vague, and many people can mistake them for a urinary tract infection or thrush.
They are spread through sexual contact
If you have had sex, you are at risk for an STI. If you had multiple partners, or sex without condoms, your risk is higher. While there’s no cure for an STI, you can reduce the chances by avoiding sexual activity with those with STIs, using condoms, and being extra cautious. To learn more about preventing an STI, read the following STD fact sheets.
The best way to prevent an STD is to never engage in sex with anyone you don’t know. STDs are spread through body fluids and skin. Sexual contact with people with STIs increases your risk. Use a condom and dental dam to protect yourself from getting infected. If you do decide to engage in sex, don’t engage in multiple relationships as that is an effective way for disease to manifest. If that happens consider having a sexual health check.
They can cause infertility
While most people won’t become infertile after contracting a STI, early detection can prevent many of the fertility issues that can come from a sexually transmitted disease. If you suspect you may be sexually infected, schedule an appointment with your doctor. STI screening can help detect infections that have no symptoms, so early treatment can prevent further complications. And if you’re not infected, screening can help prevent future infections to your partner and child.
Often, a woman may experience symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection, but there may not be any visible signs of infection. As a result, you may go years without ever knowing you’ve contracted a STD. This can lead to complications, including infertility. Fortunately, a woman’s best defence against PID is a regular sexual health check for STIs and quick treatment if symptoms do arise.
They can cause HIV/AIDS
The best way to protect against STDs is to use condoms. These can help prevent the transmission of HIV as well as reduce the risk of acquiring other STDs, such as syphilis. While condoms can’t guarantee that you won’t get HIV, they are very effective. Use condoms every time you have sex and don’t share needles. In addition to condoms, you should get checked regularly for other STDs, including HIV.
If you have HIV, you should take your medicine as prescribed to maintain undetectable viral loads. While this may seem counterproductive, STDs can cause HIV infection. Other steps to protect yourself from STIs are to limit the number of partners you have sex with, to avoid alcohol, and drugs before sex, and to use a condom every time. Ultimately, it is important to get tested and use condoms as recommended by your doctor.