Most common STDs: How true do you think this statement is, “sex outside marriage is the reason we have an STD epidemic”? If you think that the statement is old fashioned and has a touch of religious extremism, then you might want to think about the logic behind it. If everyone was to wait until they got married to have sex and remain faithful to their spouse for the rest of their lives, don’t you think sexually transmitted diseases would be nothing but a bad memory?
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If there were any people suffering from STDs in the world, this number would consist of people who acquired the diseases from their parents, and their small number would make it easy for us to take proper care of them.
However, the above is just wishful thinking, especially in today’s society. Many young people are having sex as soon as they discover what it is, and their seniors are busy having sex with anyone, without regarding marriage or the consequences of their behaviour.
Health professionals have come up with measures to help reduce the spread of STDs, and these include reminding people to use condoms every time they have sex, teaching them how to use condoms correctly and encouraging people to remain faithful to one sexual partner. These efforts, together with the advances that the medical field is making in coming up with medication that can combat these diseases, is helping to save numerous lives around the world.
If you discover that you have an STD, it is not the end of the road. Having an STD should be an indication that you need to get onto a different path, a path towards recovery and great health. The worst thing you can do is spread an STD to someone else, knowing full well that you have it. Letting it end with you is a positive step towards getting rid of these diseases. Here are 10 of the most common STDs we have today:
Gonorrhoea is a very common STD, especially affecting people between the ages of 15 and 24 years. According to the CDC STD surveillance 2013, gonorrhoea affects slightly more than 2 out of every 1,000 Americans. Despite being a bacterial infection primarily affecting the genital tract, gonorrhoea can also develop in people’s throats, eyes, mouth, and anus, depending on the type of sex that such people choose to engage in. Gonorrhoea’s most common signs and symptoms include:
-The discharge of a thick, cloudy and/or bloody fluid from the vagina or penis
-Painful urinations that have a burning sensation, painful bowel movements, and itching in the anus
-Women bleed heavily during their periods and also bleed in between their periods
-Swollen and painful testicles for men
Abstinence is the surest way of not getting gonorrhoea. A condom will not completely eliminate your chances of acquiring gonorrhoea, but correct and consistent use of them will reduce the chances of acquiring it.