Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) have been ailing the society for a long time and although data from various regions of the world shows reduced numbers in new infections, there is need to channel more effort towards completely fighting the infections in order to keep the population safe. Taking an STD test is the first step in fighting the diseases and this is best done at a location where counselling services are available so that those undergoing testing are counselled. It is worth noting that when one tests positive to any of the STDs, that should not be taken to be the end of life. Every situation is controllable and some of the diseases are actually curable with the most important thing being early detection. With prevention being the better option, below we look at how to prevent sexually transmitted diseases:
This is the surest way of preventing the infection and spreading of these diseases because there will simply be no sex, which is the main transmission mode. Since transmission happens as a result of the exchange of body fluids, sex in this case also includes anal and oral sex. This method has however proven quite a challenge due to the numerous influences towards sexual practices ending up in more people engaging in sex. It is more unfortunate that the numbers are increasing among teenagers.
This is the practice of having only one sexual partner and ensuring the partner has no other sexual partners. This calls for trust between two sexual partners. Whereas many couples find it uncomfortable and even embarrassing to talk about their sexual lives, it is extremely important that they have open discussions and even more specifically about how to prevent sexually transmitted diseases.
Use of Latex Condoms
Originally used as a birth control method, latex condoms have been suggested as a viable means of preventing STDs. For them to be effective for this purpose however, proper use is required. Proper usage includes reading and following the instructions on the package, ensuring they are not expired, using only latex condoms, ensuring they are lubricated well and choosing the right size. What should never be done is use two condoms at the same time, store them in a hot environment, use oil-based lubricants with condoms, reusing or using expired ones.
Sharing Needles, Sex Toys, Towels and Undergarments
The danger here is the transfer of body fluids. Towels and undergarments rub on the genital area and sharing them becomes not only unhygienic but also dangerous. Needles, in most cases, pose danger to drug users who share them liberally during injections. A common assumption made is that there is safety in using the needles only among the same group members. These group members are rarely tested and confirmed not to be having the STDs. New infections are also high among recreational drug users as a result of the distorted judgment caused by the drugs. Many wrong decisions are made when under the influence of drugs. Sex toys being shared could also bring about the same effects.