Practicing Safe Sex to Prevent STDs

Sexual activity among humans is an instinctive physical behavior since the desire to have sex is one of the basic drives of human behavior.

When we speak of human sexuality, it refers to the expression of sensation and the related intimacy between two human beings. It is the experience of expression through sex. Degrees in physical intimacy varies from touching to kissing to sexual penetration. It may be performed for the purposes of biological reproduction, spiritual transcendence, expressing affection, and/or for pleasure and enjoyment; known in this context as "sexual gratification".

Sexual activity however has increased with great liberalism even to the point of promiscuity. Partnerships at present involve physical intimacy varying from one night stands, casual relationships, boyfriends and girlfriends, illicit affairs, secondary or side relationships to prostitution. This new attitude and perspective on sexual relations made the transmission of sexual disease permeable and rampant.

What is STD?

Before being coined as STD, it used to be referred to as venereal disease. It came from the Latin word Veneris, which was a possessive form of the name of the goddess of love Venus. However, to improve the the campaign to warn the public, health officials coined the disease as STD or sexually transmitted disease.

Among the industrialized countries, United States displays the highest rates of STDs. An approximate of 15.3 million new cases are reported to have been infected by STD. The sexual behavior pervading in American culture resulted to the easy transmission of STDs.

From those who suffer STD, studies have shown that women are the most frequent patients. Though not in general , a greater number of woman suffer from more serious complication than men.

The most common transmitted diseases are Chalamydia infection, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, Hepatitis B, A, D, and HIV.

How are STDs spread?

Sexually transmitted disease, as the term suggest, is transmitted rather being caused by the sexual activity itself. The causative agents of STD is mainly bacteria, fungi, protozoa, or viruses. Only from a person carrying the disease can you be infected with STD. Other ways to get STD is through blood transfusion and needle sharing.

What is safe sex?

With the ever increasing number of people with STD, the safest way to avoid it is by abstaining from sexual activity particularly getting involve with vaginal, oral, and anal sex. Since these diseases are transmitted through bodily fluids, avoidance of sexual intercourse shall decrease the ratio of an individual being infected.

It is also advisable for you to learn about the sexual history of your partner. Knowing so, can give you the head start before committing into an act which you might regret later.

With the culture of American community, faithfulness to one’s partner has been under rated. Almost everyone have sex with anyone just to receive the gratification of the body. Practicing a monogamous relationship can reduce the chances of getting infected since both of you are ensured that sex is just between you partners.

Helpful as well, would be the openness between you and your partner. Talk about the use of preventive measures and materials during the act. Having several partners makes you more vulnerable to STD, thus precautions must be doubled.

At present, more and more health care professionals are getting involve in the prevention of STDs campaigning rigorously through information dissemination. Moreover, part of their campaign is to encourage everyone to practice safer sex like using condoms. Condoms, they have claimed has a higher percentage of decreasing the risk and the spread of STDs.

How can you prevent getting STD?

First treatment for sexually transmitted disease was the salvarsan. It was used as a treatment for syphilis, one of the most common STDs hundred years ago. Once the antibiotic was discovered, a number of STDs were curable.

An effective strategy for the prevention of STDs was the contact tracing, which was heavily advocated during the 19760s to 1970s. Through this method, people with STDs underwent testing for infection while their sexual partners were being traced. By tracing the partners of these individuals, health institutions were able to establish clinics where STD was prevalent, thus suppressing bit by bit the the spread of STD.

At present the same method is utilize to help in the containment of STD and to spread awareness in its prevention.


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