It is passed from one person to another by oral, anal or vaginal sex.
HIV is the most common transmitted disease
How are STI’s transmitted? STI’s are transmitted from one person to another through blood, semen, vaginal discharge or discharges from sores caused by the STI’s. Most common way to get an STI is by unprotected anal, vaginal or oral sexual intercourse. You can also get infected lesions on the body by sharing needles, razors or anything that can make an incision in your skin or by using sex toys if other body fluids are still on it from someone else You can not get an STI from toilets or towels.
Symptoms of STI’s? Burning sensation or pain while urinating For women, there would be a sharp stabbing pain in your lower belly Itching, frequent discharge or unusual weird smell coming from the penis, vagina or anus Bumps, swollenness, sores, growths or rashes around genital areas
Can STI’s be cured? Many STI’s can be treated but only some can be cured. STI’s caused by bacteria, microorganisms or protozoa can be treated by antibodies, topical creams or lotions Curable means that the infection organism can be killed by treatment and stop the spread of the infection Although, damage already done to the body can not be undone
What kind of STI’s are there? HIV/AIDS, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, genital herpes Human papillomavirus, hepatitis B, trichomoniasis and bacterial vaginosis. Skin parasites like crabs, mites and scabies
How likely are you to get an STI? STI’s are very contagious in the U.S today. 65 million + individuals in this country have incurable, untreatable STI More than 18 million each year will suffer a this infection More than half of all new STI’s will occur between the ages of 15-24 years old.
Some STI’s don’t have symptoms * Chlamydia has no symptoms so many woman don’t think anything is wrong *Gonorrhea sometimes has no symptoms either sometimes both might have unusual discharge
If neither of these STI’s are treated it could turn into an infection in the reproductive tract called Pelvic inflammatory disease.
Although, these are curable
If you have symptoms Go to a doctor to see what’s causing these symptoms Inflammation of the vagina and vulva can be triggered by many things like changes in your pH balance, where semen can affect your balance Douching, menstruation or other kinds of infection may also lower your pH balance Cont…….
UTI (urinary tract infection) including cystitis may also cause STI symptom like problems UTI’s are common in woman and can occur either with or without sexual intercourse You get a UTI by cleaning yourself by wiping from back to forward causing germ to travel from your anus to your bladder Always check yourself if you think that you have any of these symptoms, DO NOT IGNORE THEM
What to do & where to go If you have suspicious that you have an STI go to the doctors immediately and get tested Where to go for help? Go to a public health care center, these clinics are free to teens and treat you without pay Family planning clinics may offer counseling and therapy treatment Get help and never be ashamed.