DIAGNOSING SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES
It is very easy to diagnose a sexually transmitted disease. You only need to perform a few tests:
- women: vaginal and cervical swab
- men: urethral swab
- both sexes: urine samples and blood samples
People that change partners often or maintain relations with several partners at the same time run a higher risk of infection. This does not mean that only promiscuous people are the ones to get infected. People that maintain relations with only one partner over a longer period of time can also get infected. If you have unprotected sex, the chances of getting infected are about 70 to 80% even if the partner doesn’t exhibit any symptoms. In that case he or she is considered the carrier.
IMPORTANT: In case of infection both partners should be treated. Otherwise, they will get reinfected during next sexual intercourse.
Both partners are protected by using a condom. There are also vaccines for HPV and hepatitis B, that serve as prevention.
Negative effects of sexually transmitted diseases aren’t just annoying symptoms, neglecting them leads to serious consequences that can affect the quality of life or even lead to premature death.
Prevention is the key. By going to the doctor on regular basis, especially after changing sexual partner you will prevent the disease. Keep in mind that these diseases can be asymptomatic, which means you can be infected and spread the disease to our partner even though you exhibit no symptoms yourself. This why you need to start early on and visit a specialist at least once a year and get tested, regardless of the symptoms.