The insidiousness of sexually transmitted diseases lies in quite durable incubation period of some of them. Being already infected, a person may not even suspect it and transmit the pathogens of the illness to his sexual partners.
The only way to minimize the risks of STDs and stay healthy is to use condoms every time you have sex. No pills, gels or other remedies can create a barrier for the infection.
To stay on the safe side and be able to turn for the medical help in time, every man should know about the symptoms of Venereal illnesses. Depending on the pathogen that has provoked an infection, people may have different signs. However, there are some first bells of possible troubles, which should be paid attention to:
- Pain, cutting or burning sensations when passing the urine or ejaculating;
- Itching or discomfort in the penile area;
- Lymph nodes swelling;
- Swelling of the testicles;
- Discharge from the penis;
- Ulcers, rash, blisters or warts in the penile area.
These are only some initial manifestations of sexually transmitted infections. If you have had an unprotected sex and noticed any of the enumerated signals shortly after it, you should turn to the doctors.
Yet this is the best possible scenario you may have. Very often sexually transmitted diseases do not cause any symptoms. Some of them may be “hiding” for years.
What kinds of illnesses may be transmitted via unprotected sex?
There are two common types of the infections you may get: bacterial and viral.
To the first group belong:
Among the viral venereal infections are:
- Herpes simplex;
- Human papillomavirus;
- Hepatitis B.
Bacterial infections may be cured completely with the help of antibiotics, whereas viral infections may stay within the body for long years. Nevertheless, some of them, like hepatitis B and Human papillomavirus may be prevented with the help of vaccination.
Take care of your life and health. Avoid sexual relations without using condoms.