Importance of STD’s

Alexis Schilowsky, Editor

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Alexis Schilowsky
Prescription Medication BottlesSexually Transmitted diseases are an issue worldwide. In the United States alone the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports an average of “19 million cases of STD’s each year”, such as AIDS, HIV, Genital Herpes, and Hepatitis B.

Some STD’s are not transmitted through sexual relations. Skin to skin contact with Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) and Genital Warts (HPV) can transmit the disease from one person to another. Other ways for transmission for other STD’s are through shared IV drugs, needle sharing or sharing of bodily fluids. A newborn child can receive an STD through natural child birth, if carrying genital Herpes, or genital Warts. STD can never be spread through toilet seats, and daily NON-Sexual contact.

Sexually transmitted diseases or infections, are highly contagious. Although most STD’s do not always show symptoms, it is very important to be checked before, and after switching partners. If you have more than one partner you are at high risk of receiving one of the many sexually transmitted diseases or infections. Vaginal, anal, and oral sex are most common factors of transmission. Hepatitis B is the only STD that can be transmitted through sharing personal items such as, toothbrushes and razors.  Although oral sex is the lowest transmission for the known diseases HIV, and HSV. You are at high risk if you do not use a condom, with your sexual partner.

There are different categories of STD’s which would be either bacterial or viral. Bacterial STD’s are known as Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, and Trichomoniasis. All of the following bacterial STD’s can be treated with an antibiotic or vaccination, and even cured. Although the bacterial diseases known as Gonorrhea, and Chlamydia have the complications of Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). PID can make you uncappable of having children of your own, and can even kill you. On the other hand, Viral STD’s such as, HIV, AIDS, HSV, HPV, and Hepatitis B. These viral STD’s can in fact be treated although not cured. Chronic Conditions would consist of HIV, and HSV which can and may cause damage to your reproductive organs, also making a female or male infertile. Also, may weaken an individual’s immune system making a person vulnerable to other infections.

STD’s are hidden disease’s that will hide in your semen, blood, saliva, and vaginal secretions. Also, very dangerous for an individual’s health. It’s is very important to take the precautions needed to avoid receiving, and transmitting STD’s. Avoid them by, telling your partner, and using a latex condom. Birth control is not effective when it comes to STD’s.