College and university students around the world, please read this article. There are numerous types of sexually transmitted diseases out there, and some are more harmful than others. It is true. You do not want to catch an STD, but if you had to there are certain ones that can be cured quickly, but there are others that you may be stuck with for the rest of your lives. If you do not want to have a sexually transmitted disease, then keep reading. If you do not care, then stay away from other people. You should not be spreading that stuff around.
1. Gonorrhea. This is one of those sexually transmitted diseases that you can cure. If you are in a sexual relationship with someone, then you should wait to have sex with them until it has cleared up. Otherwise you are just passing it back and forth to one another. The problem with gonorrhea is that many show no symptoms so it is difficult to know if you have it or not. If you do show symptoms it is usually burning urination, discharge from penis or even testicular pain for men. Women also suffer from burning urination, have vaginal discharge, vaginal bleeding when it is not their period and pelvic pain. If left untreated it can affect your joints or heart valves and also can spread to your children. Seek out a clinic and you can receive antibiotics to get rid of it.
2. Genital herpes. We have all seen the commercials on television with people hiking and camping and it turns out that they have genital herpes and do not want to spread it to their partners. Quite odd, isn’t it? Well genital herpes is an infection from the herpes simplex virus and many people carry it until they are hit with an outbreak. Not good. You will have what looks like blisters in your genital area which are probably quite uncomfortable. Herpes in rare cases can spread to your sacral region of your spinal cord which can cause urinary retention and other symptoms. Genital herpes as of right now cannot be cured, but there are drugs that can shorten breakouts. This is why it is important to wear a condom.
3. Human papillomavirus infection (better known as HPV). Another sexually transmitted disease commercial. There is a commercial on television for this one as well, and it is geared towards teenagers. The commercial informs its viewers of the HPV vaccination that is available to all teenagers now and the importance of it. They tell you that the virus lives in you and the importance of the screening to prevent cancer. It is most popular between the ages of nine to thirteen. If you know someone between those ages, make sure they get checked out. There are numerous ways to contract the disease, but no treatments at this time.
4. HIV. This is one of the first major sexually transmitted disease the world learned about. Growing up I imagined it was mostly male sexual disorders, but I learned that is not true. Everyone can develop HIV. It can be seen as a disease that affects many in the gay community, but it is also a disease that can affect many others. You can develop it from blood diffusion like Arthur Ash, or you can develop it from unprotected sex. It is a disease that has scared many people in my age group into wearing a condom if you are having casual sex. It not only protects against unwanted pregnancies, but it also protects us from unwanted STDs and HIV. HIV is also the gateway to AIDS so that gives you all the more reason to wrap it up.
5. Hepatitis. I have my vaccination for this one, and so should you. You have to have it to attend most universities so you should be protected from it. Hepatitis is nothing to joke about. It affects your liver and can happen without any symptoms. Your skin will begin to turn yellow and so will your eyes. Many lose their appetite and suffer from fatigue. There are numerous types of Hepatitis’s and you should be aware of most. You are able to develop it from having unprotected sex to eating at a restaurant. I remember when one of my favourite athletes developed it and he was out for most of the season. When he did return, he was not the same player. It greatly affects your autoimmune system so always be careful when you eat out. It may not be food poisoning, it could be Hepatitis. This is why it is important to know the restaurant you are eating in and that it is clean. I also order an alcoholic beverage when I eat out just so it can kill the germs.