Unprotected sex, especially if you or your partner has multiple partners, is very risky. Not only are you opening yourself up to unwanted pregnancy but to sexually-transmitted diseases as well.
Sexually-transmitted diseases are caused by viruses and bacteria. Fungi and parasites also cause STDs. While some STDs are easily treatable; there are STDs that are untreatable and even life-threatening.
Causes and Risk Factors of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
Here is a list of the common types of STDs:
- Caused by Viruses – Genital herpes caused by the herpes simplex virus, HIV caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (left untreated, this progresses to AIDS), genital warts and cervical cancer caused by human papilloma virus, and hepatitis B caused by the hepatitis B virus.
- Caused by Bacteria – Gonorrhea caused by Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Syphilis caused by Treponema palladium, and Chlamydia caused by Chlamydia trachomatis.
- Caused by Fungi – Candidiasis caused by the candida fungus.
- Caused by Parasites – Trichomonas caused by the Trichomonas vaginalis.
Signs and Symptoms of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
Signs and symptoms of different sexually-transmitted diseases may vary, but the most common and obvious ones include:
- Itching of the genital area.
- Blistering of the genital area, leading to open sores and some bleeding.
- Rashes in the genital area.
- Painful and burning sensation while urinating.
- Painful intercourse.
- Abnormal discharge from the genital area, sometimes accompanied by a foul smell.
Treatment and Prevention of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
If you had unprotected sex and these symptoms are present, then you need to see your doctor immediately to get the proper medication. However, if you are hesitant to get tested because of the social stigma that comes with having an STD, you can still get tested anonymously by using our online medical marketplace. You can purchase these STD panels anonymously without going to the doctor first, and simply present the results when you do visit your physician.