Sexually transmitted diseases are one of the most devastating scourges of our modern world. The widespread infection rate of diseases such as HIV/Aids has been well documented in countries such as Africa, India, and Thailand. Unfortunately the spread of these diseases is often the result of poverty, desperation and ignorance.
It has been proven over and over again that using a condom is the best way to avoid becoming infected with HIV/Aids and other STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases). Here are some important facts about condoms and STDs.
1. Having sexual intercourse with an infected person is the most common way of becoming infected with an STD. There are other ways - such as the use of an infected needle - but sexual intercourse is by far the biggest culprit.
2. A large percentage of those infected are teenagers or young adults.
3. In poor countries with a poorly educated population young women are often the victims of men who simply don't care about the impact of their sexual activities. In some countries STDs have been spread by sex trade workers whose "customers" refuse to wear a condom.
4. The risk of becoming infected with an STD increases with the number of sexual partners a person has. A person who has sex with a number of others has very little control over their exposure to infection.
5. In many cases of infection there are no symptoms immediately after contracting the disease.
6. Symptoms that eventually start showing up can easily be confused with other illnesses or diseases.
Some of the most common symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases include pain or burning during urination and/or intercourse, and fluid discharge from the vagina, penis and/or rectum. Women will also often experience pain in the abdomen, buttocks and legs, while in men, pain in the testicles is common.
Other common symptoms include sores, blisters, warts, rash, or swelling in the genital area or mouth, as well as fever, headache, aching muscles, and swollen glands. Anyone exhibiting any of these symptoms is advised to see a doctor just as soon as possible.
A person who takes part in risky sexual activity should wear a condom. That includes having sex with someone whose sexual history you are not familiar with. Anyone who has been exposed to someone else with an STD is a high risk to spread it to you if you have intercourse with them. So if you are unfamiliar with their sexual history then you absolutely must protect yourself from the chance of infection.
The highest risk comes from having intercourse - vaginal, anal or oral - with a person who already has a sexually transmitted disease. If you knowingly have sex with an infected person, you are taking a big chance that can have an impact on the rest of your life.
The best defence is to never have sex with an infected person, or even someone who you suspect might be infected. If you insist on having sexual intercourse with someone who is already infected, the only sure way of protecting yourself against infection is for either you or your partner to use a condom from start to finish, every time.
Most experts agree that the risk of contracting AIDS or another STD from an infected person can be greatly reduced if a condom is used properly. That means a condom must be used from beginning to end so that there is no fluid transfer from partner to partner.
Unfortunately you can never be 100% guaranteed not to become infected in this kind of situation, but certainly condoms are much better at preventing infection than any other contraceptive alternative.
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