There’s a chain reaction that occurs when you have sex. If you or your partner had sex with someone else, and then that person had sex with someone else, and on and on, the chain of people keeps growing. The more people involved, the more at risk you are. If any of them was infected, whether they had symptoms or not, you’re at risk.
What Is An STD/STI?
STD is the most commonly used term for a collection of infections and diseases that are spread through any kind of sexual contact. However, people who become infected don’t always know they’re infected because they’re not always experiencing symptoms. Sometimes, people’s sexually transmitted infections don’t always develop into a disease, so that is where the term STI came from.
STDs/STIs May Spread Easier Than You Think
STIs can spread with any sexual activity to various parts of the body, not just limited to genitals. Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are spread by sharing body fluids or by skin-to-skin contact with an infected partner. Most infected people have no symptoms and you may get more than one STI at a time.
Your risk multiplies with every sexual encounter. If you wish to avoid sexually transmitted infections altogether, you need a plan. Any sexual activity and any genital contact with another person can be a serious matter that can put you at risk for life-long consequences.
Symptoms of STDs/STIs
Unfortunately, there are usually no immediate symptoms for either an STD or an STI. You could have one or be receiving one and never even know it until it’s too late. With or without symptoms, the disease can still spread from person to person.
Prompt treatment and early detection can help prevent complications of some STD/STI’s. Since many people in the early stages of STD/STI’s, experience no problems, screening is important to prevent complications.
Left Untreated, STDs/STIs Could Cause:
- Sores or bumps anywhere on the body
- Recurrent genital sores
- Generalized skin rash
- Pain during intercourse
- Scrotal pain, redness and swelling
- Pelvic pain
- Groin abscess
- Eye inflammation
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
- Cervical cancer
Knowledge is Power
Arm yourself with the facts about STIs and STDs. Use knowledge to empower your decisions. The consequences that follow casual sex or putting off getting tested for STDs are preventable. Many STIs are treatable with simple antibiotics but if you’re not tested, you won’t know you even need treatment.
According to the CDC, there are 20 million new cases of sexually transmitted infections diagnosed each year – and about half of those are in people under age 25.