Know What Not to Get

Know What Not to Get 2017-10-04T11:31:40+00:00

WHAT NOT TO GET: STDS

What is it?

The most common bacterial STD that can affect anyone who has unprotected anal, oral, or vaginal sex with someone who already has chlamydia.

Are There Symptoms?

Usually, there are no symptoms, meaning that most people don’t know that they have chlamydia until they get tested. Some people may experience discharge, lower stomach pain, or pain during intercourse.

How Do You Test?

A doctor can test for chlamydia by taking a urine sample or swab of the genitals. Anyone who is sexually active should get tested for STDs regularly.

What If I Have It?

Chlamydia can be cured with antibiotics prescribed by a doctor. It is important to take these medications because untreated chlamydia may cause harmful long-term effects. Anyone who tests positive for chlamydia should tell their partner to get tested and treated too. Even after someone is cured from chlamydia, they can get infected again by having sex with someone who has chlamydia.

How Can I Protect Myself?

Choosing not to have anal, oral, or vaginal sex is only certain way to prevent STDs and pregnancy. For sexually active people, condoms are the best method that protect against chlamydia.

What is it?

A common bacterial STD that can affect anyone who has unprotected anal, oral, or vaginal sex with someone who already has gonorrhea.

Are There Symptoms?

Usually, there are no symptoms, meaning that most people don’t know that they have gonorrhea until they get tested. Some people may experience discharge, lower stomach pain, pain during intercourse, or anything else out of the ordinary.

How Do You Test?

A doctor can test for gonorrhea by taking a urine sample or swab of the genitals. Anyone who is sexually active should get tested for STDs regularly.

What If I Have It?

Gonorrhea can be cured with antibiotics prescribed by a doctor. It is important to take these medications because untreated gonorrhea may cause harmful long-term effects. Anyone who tests positive for gonorrhea should tell their partner to get tested and treated too. Even after someone is cured from gonorrhea, they can get infected again by having sex with someone who has gonorrhea.

How Can I Protect Myself?

Choosing not to have anal, oral, or vaginal sex is only certain way to prevent STDs and pregnancy. For sexually active people, condoms are the best method that protect against gonorrhea.

What is it?

A very common infection caused by a parasite that can affect anyone who has unprotected anal, oral, or vaginal sex with someone who already has trichomoniasis.

Are There Symptoms?

Usually, there are no symptoms, meaning that most people don’t know that they have trichomoniasis until they get tested. Some people may experience irritation, discharge, or anything else out of the ordinary.

How Do You Test?

A doctor can test for trichomoniasis by taking a swab of the genitals and looking at the sample under a microscope.

What If I Have It?

Trichomoniasis can be cured with antibiotics prescribed by a doctor. It is important to take these medications because untreated trichomoniasis may cause harmful long-term effects. Anyone who tests positive for trichomoniasis should tell their partner to get tested and treated too. Even after someone is cured from trichomoniasis, they can get infected again by having sex with someone who has trichomoniasis.

How Can I Protect Myself?

Choosing not to have anal, oral, or vaginal sex is only certain way to prevent STDs and pregnancy. For sexually active people, condoms are the best method that protect against trichomoniasis.

What is it?

A very common viral infection that can affect anyone whose skin comes in contact with the infected area of another person with HPV.

Are There Symptoms?

There are no symptoms for HPV and most people don’t know they are infected with the virus.

How Do You Test?

A doctor can test for HPV in women by taking a swab of the cervix in the vagina, called a Pap test. Women should start having this test at 21. There is no HPV test for men.

What If I Have It?

There are many types of HPV and most infections go away on their own without causing any health issues. If a Pap test does not look normal, the doctor will follow up and continue to monitor the virus. Some types of HPV can lead to genital warts or certain cancers.

How Can I Protect Myself?

Choosing not to have anal, oral, or vaginal sex is only certain way to prevent STDs and pregnancy. For sexually active people, the HPV vaccine (for boys and girls) and condoms are the best methods that protect against HPV. However, parts of the body that are not covered by a condom can still come in contact with infected areas.

What is it?

The most common viral infection that can affect anyone whose skin comes in contact with the infected area of another person with Herpes. There are two types of Herpes, Type 1 and Type 2.

Are There Symptoms?

Some people may experience cold sores or fever blisters on or near the mouth. Others may experience lesions, irritation, or pain  in the genital area. These are called outbreaks. Symptoms can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks and they may or may not show up again. Sometimes, it can take years for someone to notice the first outbreak after they are exposed to the Herpes virus or an outbreak may never appear. Even when symptoms are not visible, the virus can still be transmitted.

How Do You Test?

A doctor can test for Herpes by taking a swab of the genital lesion or by taking a blood sample.

What If I Have It?

Herpes can be treated with antiviral medications prescribed by a doctor. However, the virus will never leave your body but these medications can help treat current outbreaks and prevent future ones. Taking the medication daily and avoiding sexual contact during outbreaks can help prevent transmission between partners. Although the herpes virus never goes away, people with herpes live long, healthy lives.

How Can I Protect Myself?

Choosing not to have anal, oral, or vaginal sex is only certain way to prevent STDs and pregnancy. For sexually active people, condoms are the best method that protect against Herpes. However, parts of the body that are not covered by a condom can still come in contact with infected areas.

What is it?

A viral infection that can lead to AIDS and can affect anyone who has unprotected anal, oral, or vaginal sex with someone who already has HIV. It can also be transmitted through blood and from mother to child.

Are There Symptoms?

There are not many symptoms of HIV and sometimes it can take more than 10 years before symptoms show up.

How Do You Test?

HIV testing can be done through a blood test or a swab of the mouth. Anyone who is sexually active should get tested for STDs regularly.

What If I Have It?

Right now, there is no cure for HIV or AIDS, but there are medications available to help treat them. HIV and AIDS are very serious infections that weaken your body which can lead to very harmful, long-term health effects. Taking multiple medications daily will help to strengthen the immune system so that someone with HIV or AIDS can live a healthier life but the virus will never leave their body. Anyone who tests positive for HIV should tell their partner to get tested too.

How Can I Protect Myself?

Choosing not to have anal, oral, or vaginal sex is the only certain way to prevent STDs and pregnancy. For sexually active people, condoms are the best methods that protect against HIV through sexual contact.

What is it?

A bacterial STD that can affect anyone who has unprotected anal, oral, or vaginal sex with someone who already has syphilis.

Are There Symptoms?

Some people may experience cold sores or fever blisters on or near the mouth. Others may experience lesions, irritation, or pain  in the genital area. These are called outbreaks. Symptoms can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks and they may or may not show up again. Sometimes, it can take years for someone to notice the first outbreak after they are exposed to the Herpes virus or an outbreak may never appear. Even when symptoms are not visible, the virus can still be transmitted.

How Do You Test?

A doctor can test for syphilis by taking a blood sample or swab of the sore. Anyone who is sexually active should get tested for STDs regularly.

What If I Have It?

Syphilis can be cured with antibiotics prescribed by a doctor. It is important to take these medications because untreated syphilis may cause harmful long-term effects to the nervous system, heart, brain, and other organs. If not treated early, these health issues cannot be reversed. even with medication. Anyone who tests positive for syphilis should tell their partner to get tested and treated too. Even after someone is cured from syphilis, they can get infected again by having sex with someone who has syphilis.

How Can I Protect Myself?

Choosing not to have anal, oral, or vaginal sex is only certain way to prevent STDs and pregnancy. For sexually active people, condoms are the best method that protect against syphilis.