Sexually Transmitted Diseases
There are quite a few different types of sexual diseases, they are all transmitted through having sexual intercourse with a person who has already contracted the infection. Sexually transmitted diseases are very common and extremely contagious if no form of protection is taken, diseases include - genital warts, syphilis, Aids, genital herpes, gonorrhoea, chlamydia and trichomaniasis. The name given to the group of the disease, helps to indicate how the infection developed either in by means of anal, vaginal or oral sex. You are at a higher risk if you have more than one sex partner, you share needles when injecting drugs and if you do not use protection while having sexual intercourse. Most sexually transmitted disease can be cured or at least controlled if they are treated in their early stages. Unfortunately most people do not realise that they are suffering with a sexually transmitted disease (STD) until it has already damaged the heart, reproductive system, vision and other organs. A person who suffers from an STD, usually finds that they are increasingly vulnerable to other infections and this is because there immune system has become weak due to the other infection. Symptoms for an STD often include one of the following:
Flu like symptoms
A white, yellow, grey, green or blood streaked discharge that may have a rather offensive smell
Genital and/or anal itching
Pain in the lower abdomen or groin
Pain during intercourse
A rash, warts, bumps, blisters or sores on or around the genitals
Swollen lymph glands in the groin
Syphilis, gonnorrhoea and chlamydia are all caused by bacteria and genital warts, genital herpes, hepatitis B and aids are all caused by a virus. The pathogens responsible for causing sexually transmitted diseases are in your bodily discharges such as semen, blood, vaginal fluids and sometimes even saliva. These organisms are usually spread by either sexual or personal contact therefore it is always wise to have regular tests if you are in a risk group.
You can practice relaxation techniques such as yoga and meditation to help relieve stress, a warm bath can also help. Taking supplements of Vitamins A, C and E and zinc will help to boost your immune system. You could also use Vinegar, yogurt or lemon juice to flush your vagina as this will help relieve vaginal distress. If you are suffering from any pain take an analgesic or ask your doctor or pharmacist about any over the counter medications that can be used.
The best way of preventing an STD is to avoid having sex with anyone who has a genital sore, a rash, a discharge or any other symptom of an STD. If you are in a high risk group make sure that you use a condom and a water based lubricant. You should also wash before and after intercourse and it is wise to get a vaccination against Hepatitis B if you do not suffer from it. Also try not to share any towels or items of clothing.
When to seek further professional advice
If you have any of the symptoms that are listed above.
You should consult a qualified professional before starting any alternative treatment for a sexually transmitted disease. It is important that you seek professional medical help first before trying an alternative treatment.
STD should never be treated by yourself and it is very important that you see your doctor as soon as you suspect that you are suffering from any one of them as they are very dangerous and extremely contagious. Bacterial STD’s if caught in the early stages are usually treated with antibiotics. Viral STD’s cannot be cured though, fortunately there are medications which can help to manage the symptoms. There is a vaccine to help prevent the contraction of Hepatitis B, however this will not help you if you have already contracted the disease.
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