Now were are not going to sit here and preach to you in this blog post about safe sex, and how you should keep it between the one you love, and or married. Thats not it at all. We know our audience and we feel you need to know the information that is going to benefit you and keep your current status from changing or worsening.
We are hoping in this post to provide you with a wealth of knowledge about STD's and so you can decide how safe you need to be. Nothing beats Prep and Condom use every time you have intercourse, but we know that is not going to be what a group of individuals do.
Here is a list of sexually transmitted diseases with a definition and a link to a reputable medical website.
HIV/AIDS - Also called: human immunodeficiency virus, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
Bacterial Vaginosis - is a condition that happens when there is too much of certain bacteria in the vagina. This changes the normal balance of bacteria in the vagina.
Chlamydia- is a common STD that can infect both men and women. It can cause serious, permanent damage to a woman’s reproductive system. This can make it difficult or impossible for her to get pregnant later on. Chlamydia can also cause a potentially fatal ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy that occurs outside the womb).
Gonorrhea- is a sexually transmitted disease that can infect both men and women. It can cause infections in the genitals, rectum, and throat. It is a very common infection, especially among young people ages 15-24 years.
Genital Herpes- is a common sexually transmitted disease (STD) that any sexually active person can get. Most people with the virus don’t have symptoms. Even without signs of the disease, herpes can still be spread to sex partners.
Hepatitis B - It can be transmitted through infected semen and blood.
Sexually transmitted diseases are not a fun subject to discuss. However if you are going to be sexually active, and involved in unsafe sexual practices you need to be more informed. To find a full list of sexually transmitted diseases visit the CDC Website.
Were not even going to talk about abstinence as well, were pretty sure all of our readers are sexually active. =). Now its very important that when being sexually active with multiple partners that you get tested every 30 days. Knowing your HIV status and status of other STD's is very important to make sure you know what you need to do in the future for your health.
If your sexually active you also might want to think about using PREP. Its out there and why we do not know much about it, there seems to be a lot of people using for prevention, and to help not to transmit the virus. To learn more about HIV visit HIV.Gov.