Unlike several years ago when it was a taboo to speak about diseases that can be contracted through sexual contact, today many people have realized the importance of sharing this information. Awareness about STD causes and treatment is a prerequisite to preventing these diseases. On that note, we have found it wise to share some STD (in men) facts with you. Hopeful, by the end of this article you will be in a position to identify if you or your partner has contracted (or is at risk of contracting) a particular STD and consequently take the right measures.
STD Facts in Men
Fact 1: Sexually transmitted diseases can be transmitted by kissing, oral/genital contact, sharing sexual devices and sexual intercourse.
Fact 2: The six most common STDs in men are HIV aids, gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Herpes simplex virus-2, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and syphilis.
Fact 3: Symptoms of STDs in men
Spotting symptoms of STDs may not always be easy. In most cases, some diseases may not cause any noticeable symptoms for several years. This means that you can hardly pinpoint the time when you picked up an infection. However, there are some common symptoms that are prevalent across different cases of sexually transmitted diseases in men.
*Itching- This is normally localized around the penis and scrotum. It is hard to ignore because it normally results in general discomfort.
*Pimples & Blisters - These are also located around the area of sexual contact. If you're suffering from herpes, pimples and blisters may seem to disappear for some time and then reoccur due to other illnesses or tiredness.
*Rashes - Rashes are quite common in men suffering from sexually transmitted diseases. Just like with the other symptoms, these will often be found in the region of contact.
*Painful sex - This is yet another common STDs symptom. One may also feel pain due to the presence of rashes around their sexual organs.
*Puss and difficulties urinating - If you notice pus coming from your penis or experience difficulties while passing water, it is certainly worth consulting a qualified physician.
Fact 4: Abstinence is the best way to avoid contracting or spreading sexually transmitted diseases. However, if you must have sex, use latex barriers such as condoms.
Fact 5: HIV which causes AIDS can be spread through sexual secretions or infected blood. This sexually transmitted disease is normally associated with the development of other STDs.
Fact 6: Lymphogranuloma venereum, herpes simplex, and syphilis are known to cause oral and genital ulcers.
Fact 7: It is very hard to detect syphilis because in some cases it provides no symptoms at all. Some of the common symptoms associated with syphilis are fever, rash, strokes, genital/oral ulcers and neurological disorders such as forgetfulness.
Fact 8: Treatment
There are several sexually transmitted diseases treatment options. However, the best way to ensure that the problem has been properly addressed is by visiting a qualified doctor rather resorting to short cuts. It is also important that you seek proper medication together with your partner.
In conclusion, it is important for you to learn as many facts as possible so as to stay safe. However, if you've already contracted any of the diseases that we have discussed above, do not despair. There are many alternatives that you can take towards eliminating or containing it. Seek professional advice as soon as possible.