National STD Awareness Month
STDs are infections that are passed from one person to another during vaginal, anal, and oral sex. They are more common than not and a lot of those affected don’t have any symptoms. STDs can be dangerous, however most STDs are easy to treat!
Common STDs Include:
- Chlamydia: caused by a bacterial infection. Often does not have symptoms, but is easy to treat once diagnosed.
- Genital Warts: growths on the genital area and around the anus that is caused by HPV. These are easy to treat and are not life threatening.
- Gonorrhea: caused by a bacterial infection that can be cured with antibiotic medication.
- Hepatitis B: a virus that can cause liver disease, which is spread through sex or sharing personal hygiene items like razors or toothbrushes.
- Herpes: a common STD that infects your mouth and or genitals that causes blistery sores. There is no cure, but symptoms are treatable.
- HIV & AIDS: HIV is an infection that breaks down your immune system and can lead to AIDS. There is no cure, but treatment can help you stay healthy.
- Syphilis: a common bacterial infection that is spread through sex. Easily cured with antibiotics, but it can cause permanent damage if you don’t get treated.
How can you prevent STDs?
- Use protection!
- Avoid sharing towels or underclothing
- Wash before and after intercourse
- Get vaccinated
- Avoid substance abuse
- Get tested!