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Imagine that you start dating someone new and you want to take things to the next level by exploring each other, in bed!
Well, one of the first things that people think of in such situations, especially in this era, is whether the other person is "clean".
The word "clean" in a sexual context means a person who is devoid of any sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
It is a very logical concern that many people experience before getting sexually intimate with another person, as the STDs and STIs are on the rise.
A few decades ago, the concept of casual sex was still a taboo and usually people had just a single sexual partner throughout their lives.
However, with the change in time and sexual trends, more and more people are now getting into the pattern of having multiple sexual partners and isolated sexual encounters with people they may not know very well.
So, in these cases, the risk of developing an STD or STI becomes extremely high, as you do not know if one of your sexual partners is carrying a disease.
One must be extremely careful before having sexual intercourse with people, especially unprotected sex.
Most of the STDs and STIs can have horrible symptoms that could take a long time to fade away.
In fact, some of the STDs have no cure or treatment and they could be fatal - HIV one of the deadliest diseases that affects humans is an STD!
So, it is important to get tested for STDs and STIs regularly and also ensure that your partner is "clean".
Gaining more knowledge about STDs and STIs is also another way of preventing them.
So, here are a few surprising facts on sexually transmitted diseases and infections that you should know.
Most STDs including HIV and HBV can go undiagnosed for a long time, as the symptoms may not be too apparent, until it is too late!
Some STDs like herpes, gonorrhoea, etc., can put you at the risk of developing other STDs like HIV more easily!
In both men and women, having certain STDs and STIs can lead to permanent infertility and even sexual dysfunction.
If a pregnant woman contracts an STD or an STI, there are great chances of her unborn being infected too and it could also lead to the damage of the foetus and miscarriage.
Condoms are not 100% safe when it comes to spreading STDs and STIs, as certain oral and genital STDs like herpes can spread even while using condoms.
HPV or Human Papillomavirus, is a sexually transmitted disease which can lead to a type of deadly cancer in women, known as cervical cancer.
Sexually transmitted diseases and infections can be caused even if a man does not ejaculate inside a woman. It is just enough for these ailments to spread even if their genitals come in contact.