Monday, June 14, 2010

General Information On Stds

STDs is one of the biggest medical scares that have reached a pandemonium level around the world today. The earliest records show that STDs first occurred in America during the First World War when there was a Syphilis outbreak among the soldiers. Back then it was believed that Penicillin was the cure all to the disease. Limited medical knowledge lacked the proper treatment and preventive measures in dealing with this new disease. Today, millions are afflicted with various types of STDs. Some of the victims are not even sexually active!

STDs is an enigma that medical practitioners are continually trying to solve. It is a disease that can attack anyone. It doesn't matter if you are single or married; it doesn't even matter if you are straight or gay. As long as you are sexually active and do not use preventive measures of safe sex, you are a high profile candidate. Exposure to infected sores and discharges will also give you a high risk for infection. Having multiple partners, sexual intercourse with infected partners, sharing or using unsanitary IV needles are also factors for STD infection. No matter how much information is disseminated to the public about the risks of having STDs, the cases of patients afflicted with this disease just doesn't stop growing in number! When you think about it, the best way not to get STD is just not to have sex at all!

With today's sexual liberation, abstaining from sexual relations may be a near impossibility. The next best step is to undergo physical check-ups from STD clinics frequently before and after having sex with a new partner. Preventive measures should be taken because that is definitely better than having to deal with the long-term devastating effects of STDs.

Aside from prevention, there must be medical awareness. In the constant battle against this disease, one should know everything about the enemy that is STDs. STDs in its many forms is basically just viral and bacterial in nature. Bacterial STDs are treatable but will take a long time and great expense. Viral STDs are more damaging - physically, emotionally and financially. Some STDs do not even show symptoms so it is very difficult to detect if you are exposed to this disease. That is why it is important for you to get tested regularly if you are sexually active because you may never know if you have an STD that just shows no symptoms.

Being a victim of STD can cause a great deal of emotional, mental and physical stress both to the patient and the people he interacts with. Patients often experience great embarrassment and are ostracized in society. People with STDs lose their jobs, their place in society and even love from their family and friends. On top of all these emotional issues, they suffer physically for STDs often cause other medical complications leading to other damaging diseases.

Chlamydia, Genital Herpes (HSV-2), Genital Warts, Gonorrhea, Hepatitis B (HBV), HIV, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), Pubic Lice (Crabs or HPV), Syphilis, Trichomoniasis and Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) are the specific types of STDs. If you suspect that you may have the symptoms of the diseases mentioned above, immediately consult an STD testing center to know what STD it is.