Sexually transmitted diseases on the rise
Increasing rates of infection
Instances of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have risen by 12% in the last year and 60% of people with STIs were aged between 20 and 29.
The scary thing is not all STI’s have physical symptoms, so you or someone you’re with could have one without knowing it. Just because there aren’t any symptoms doesn’t mean the STI isn’t doing major damage inside. Many STIs can lead to long-term health problems such as infertility.
Getting rid of them
The good news is with regular testing you can catch these STIs in the early stages. It ‘s possible to treat them before they do any damage and many of them are totally curable.
Avoiding them altogether
Even better then being cured of an STI is not getting one in the first place. If you’re sexually active the best way to prevent STIs is by using condoms. They are the only form of contraception that protects you from the majority of STIs. There are some that even a condom will not protect you against, but using one will lower the risk, see human papilloma virus and genital herpes for more.
If you do decided to have sex, whether you’re in a committed relationship or just having a one-night-stand it can sometimes feel a little awkward bringing up the subject of condoms.
You have to think about your health long-term. Explaining to someone that they have given you an STI or you have given them one could be much more embarrassing than the condom conversation. Remember if someone doesn’t want to use a condom with you then they don’t respect you or themselves.