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MAIN Arrow to HealthHealth Arrow to DiseaseDiseases Arrow to Sexually Transmitted DiseaseSexually Transmitted Diseases

man holding a condomDespite the proliferation of public service announcements and awareness campaigns, and a more educated teen population, sexually transmitted diseases are still not under control.

Incidence of curable STDs worldwide - excluding AIDS - remains at more than 300 million cases per year.

Ultimately preventable, common STDs like chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, or syphilis are dangerous when untreated.

These diseases also weaken the immune system and increase the possibility of contracting HIV/AIDS which can effectively mean dealing with an incurable disease for your life's duration.


How to avoid becoming a statistic

• Abstinence from sex, of course, is the best way to avoid a sexually transmitted disease, but if you're already sexually active there are a number of ways to decrease your risk:

• Condoms are usually recommended as the best, first line of defense against catching or transmitting disease.

• Recreational drugs or overdoing it with alcohol on date night? It will impair your judgment and may even lead to participating in an activity without your consent.

• Get tested, and make sure your partner does the same.

• Stay monogamous, or at least limit the number of partners you have. A sexual relationship in which both partners are tested healthy and risk free greatly reduces your chances of contracting an STD.


More about sexually transmitted diseases around the Web:

Around the Web, find out more about the risks of sexually transmitted diseases as well as facts and information on causes, prevention and treatment ....


 

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) - From the US Centers for Disease Control, this extensive guide offers information on causes, symptoms and treatment along with printable fact sheets, related statistics, and updates.

Women's Health.gov- Sexually Transmitted Diseases - Focus on women's concerns about STDs - what they are, how to avoid them, and what to do if you find that you have one.

 

also see -> Teens & Sexuality | Teen Pregnancy | Sex & Society

This information is intended as reference and not as medical advice.
All treatment decisions should be made by medical professionals.

 

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