Gonorrhea is a bacterial infection that affects the genitals, anus, or throat. If you experience symptoms you might notice a burning sensation when you urinate along with a yellow or green vaginal discharge, aching lower abdominal pain, and irregular vaginal bleeding if you’re a girl.
Alternatively, if you’re a guy you might find that you have a yellow or green discharge coming from the tip of your penis or painful swollen testicles. You and your partner should get treated at the same time and stop having sex until the infection is gone. If it’s not treated women can get pelvic inflammatory disease, and men can get epididymitis, both of which can leave them infertile.
HIV is a virus that weakens your immune system. Chances are you won’t experience any symptoms at first. It can take several months for the virus to even show up on a blood test, which is why most blood test screenings are done at 6 weeks, 3 months, and 6 months, before you get an official negative result. Although there is no cure, there are medications that can slow down its progression to full-blown AIDS.
Although it is mostly spread through sex, despite popular belief to the contrary, it can sometimes be passed through kissing. Although it is very rare and unlikely, if you and your partner both had an open sore or cut in your mouth or on your lips, gums, or tongue, it would be possible to spread or catch the virus.
The Best Way To Prevent An STD
The best way to keep from getting an STD is to abstain from having sex. If you are going to have sex, avoid having casual sex. Sex should be a special shared experience between two people who genuinely care for and love one another.
Some teens place a huge level of importance on raising their number of "kills" or the number of people they’ve slept with, which increases their risk of STDs. Stop worrying about the quantity of your sexual encounters and pay more attention to the quality of your relationships.
The Second Best Way To Prevent An STD
The next best solution is to use condoms properly. Condoms are a very effective protection against pregnancy and STDs, but only when used correctly. Remember, that a condom can only protect you in places that the condom covers.
That means if you or your partner has sores anywhere that the condom doesn’t provide a barrier for, such as around the testicles and vulva, et cetera, you could still acquire or transmit an STD.
An Embarrassing Conversation Everyone Should Have
No matter what, every single time you’re going to have sex with a new partner, you need to sit down and have the talk. As embarrassing as it is to bring it up, asking about STDs right off the bat can prevent you or your partner from a nightmare of warts and blisters later.
If you know you have an STD, initiate the conversation and tell your partner straight up. Knowledge is the number one factor in the your ability to protect yourself and your partner.
A Good Rule of Thumb
If you meet someone new and things progress, always use a condom, at least until you’re in a committed relationship. You should also insist on using condoms if you find out that your significant other is cheating on you. Until you are secure in your relationship, you shouldn’t take chances that can affect your health or future fertility.
What to Do if You Think You Might Have an STD
Whether or not you’re showing symptoms, if you think you may have come in contact with an STD, go to your doctor and get tested so you can rule it out right away. If you do have an STD, the sooner you get screened, the sooner you can start treatment.
If you come into contact with HIV and get screened quickly enough, they can put on medications, called HIV PEP, to prevent the likelihood of you contracting the disease. If you start on the medications within 72 hours of contact, they are roughly 80% effective in preventing the virus.
After the condom article, there were some comments regarding the ages of some of the members of mylol.com. Mylol.com does not now, nor have we ever condoned sexual relations among younger teenagers. However, pregnancy and STDs are not respecters of age.
Statistics have shown that teenagers are having sex at younger ages than ever before, and all members of this site, regardless of their age, need information to be able to protect themselves. They come on this site, and they click on these articles, for a reason.
Maybe they’re having sex and they’re afraid to ask their parents, their friends, their doctor, or their school counselor the important questions they need answered to keep themselves safe. If they’re not getting the information they need to prevent the spread of STDs elsewhere, they’re going to get it here.