Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
Today, we will do justice to one of the frequently searched topics on the internet in Nigeria.
STDs: Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections that are transmitted from one person to another through sexual intercourse and can be caused by Fungi, Bacteria, Parasites, and Viruses.
STDs affect both men and women, but more commonly women, where it can cause severe health problems especially because their genital areas, are generally moist and warm, ideal for the growth of fungi, viruses, and bacteria.
Most people know only a few types of STDs. However, there are more than 20 types of STDs. Some of which are;
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
Human papillomavirus (HPV)
Syphilis and gonorrhea
Hepatitis B etc.
You may be asking; can I get a complete cure for STD?
This will depend on the type of STD. This is achievable with fungal, bacterial and parasitic diseases but not viral infections as there is no cure for STDs caused by a virus. Medicines can often help with the symptoms and keep the disease under control. This is why we advise early diagnosis to keep it at bay.
Someone once asked, what is the role of using condoms to prevent getting STD?
Here is your answer: Correct usage of latex condoms greatly reduces the risk, but does not completely eliminate contracting or spreading STDs. If you are unmarried, the safest way to avoid contracting any sexually transmitted disease is to abstain.
But if you choose not to, then you and your partner should go for testing. If you both test negative, then stay mutually faithful to each other.
Can someone contract the disease through other means?
Hhmm! Sounds funny right. Some conditions though classified as STD’s can be acquired through other means which include the use of unsterile sharp objects like blades and needles, from mother to infant during childbirth or breastfeeding, and transfusions of unscreened blood.
What should I do if I notice I have STD?
Do not panic! A lot of people would rather hide and not do anything until the condition becomes severe. Early diagnosis and treatment will give you a better quality of life.
The best advice is to visit your doctor immediately. You can also feel free to walk-in to any Afriglobal Medicare center to have screening and confirmatory tests for STD’s done.
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