If you are someone who is sexually active, then you may always have the fear of being affected by sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) at the back of your head, right? Well, did you know that there are a few STDs that you may already have without realising?
Yes, there are many diseases that affect human beings and show no signs or symptoms, until it is quite late!
So, it is extremely important to be closely aware of any changes that occur when it comes to your health, so that you can take the required precautions in time!
Now, sexually transmitted diseases and infections are rather common, especially among younger people, who do not practise safe sex or have multiple sexual partners.
Some of the deadliest diseases known to mankind, like AIDS or HPV, are in fact sexually transmitted diseases!
So, there are a few other sexually transmitted diseases and infections that people may already have, without knowing, as they show no symptoms. Read more to find out what they are.
Gonorrhoea is a bacterial disease that is usually spread through vaginal, oral or anal sex, from an infected partner to the other. While condoms are almost 100% effective in preventing this STD, it can still spread easily through oral sex.
Now, the symptoms of gonorrhoea are hardly noticeable for months together, especially in women and even if there are certain symptoms, they are very similar to that of bladder infections, which may cause the affected person to ignore them.
However, if left untreated, gonorrhoea can lead to infertility. So, getting STD tests regularly is one of the best ways to detect gonorrhoea.
Yet another STD that people may have without knowing is chlamydia. Chlamydia is also another bacterial disease that is transmitted through unsafe sexual intercourse. Just like with gonorrhoea, using condoms can be 100% effective in preventing chlamydia.
In both men and women, the symptoms of chlamydia are not prominent at all, initially. Even though some people experience signs like white discharge and burning sensation in the genitals, they may tend to think it could be an yeast infection.
The best way to detect chlamydia is to get routine blood tests and STD screenings.
Genital herpes is another deadly sexually transmitted viral disease that has no cure yet. It can be transmitted through genital and oral sex, and even by sharing things like towels, razors, lipsticks, etc., that an infected person has used.
Wearing a condom during sexual intercourse cannot completely help prevent herpes from spreading.
Research studies have shown that about 70% of the affected people show no signs, until the disease gets worse.
Getting regular STD blood tests, specifically done for herpes can help detect the disease.