When you are sexually active, and if you have more than one partner, you must practise safe sex and reduce the chances of contracting a sexually transmitted infection. You can get various diseases from unprotected sex, some of which you can easily cure, while others have no cure. When you regularly partake in unprotected sex with multiple people, you risk yourself and your partners health. You may also want to test yourself, as many people contract STIs and do not realise they have them, such as Chlamydia. Below are some common infections you can get that you will want to be tested for to ensure you are healthy and disease and infection free.
Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted infection that many people pass on as they do not realise that they have it. Some people do not display symptoms, even though they may test positive; for others, it takes a while before they show any signs. Your doctor or local sexual health clinic can test you for this STI, and there are a few prescription treatments they can use to help you cure the infection. You do not have to have penetrative sex to catch Chlamydia, and the passing of bodily fluids or coming into contact with an infected person’s genitalia can transmit this infection.
If you are at risk and think you may have had unprotected sex with someone diagnosed with HIV, you will want to get an HIV test immediately. You can contract this disease when coming into contact with the blood or having unprotected sex. There was a time when testing HIV positive meant that your clock was ticking, but with modern medication, you can often control the disease and live a relatively normal life. There is no cure if you are HIV positive, but with the correct treatment, you can still live a happy and productive life.
Pubic lice, also known as crabs, are easily passed on when your genitals come in contact with another person who has them. You usually find these tiny lice in the pubic regions, but they are also known to live in armpit hair, eyebrows, eyelashes, beards, and body hair. They are often itchy, and you can see the lice or the eggs they leave on the pubic hairs. You can effectively treat pubic lice using creams and shampoos, which you can buy over the counter without a prescription.
Genital warts are a highly common STI in the UK, and these are tiny bumps or fleshy growths in the skin around the genital or anus areas. These warts are caused by the HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) virus, and there are a few treatments you can use to try and get rid of them, such as freezing them and using creams. The warts are usually painless, but they can become itchy and bleed, but there is no known cure for this virus. Your body can sometimes clear the virus itself, but this takes time to achieve.
These are only a few STIs you can contract when you have unprotected sex, but there are many more you can also catch. Do not take the risk and ensure you protect yourself when having sex, and do not do something you could regret for the rest of your life.