More than 1 million people contract a sexually transmitted disease every day. These infections are caused by more than 30 bacteria, viruses, and parasites spread by sexual contact – vaginal, oral, and anal sex. They can also be transmitted between a mother and child during childbirth and through contact with infected blood.
Common signs of these diseases for women include vaginal discharge and abdominal pain. Eight infections are the most common. Four of those, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and trichomoniasis, are curable. Four others, hepatitis B, herpes, HIV, and HPV, can be moderated through ongoing treatment. Some of these diseases triple the chance of contracting HIV, and all can cause problems with conception and intercourse, and open the body to contracting other chronic illnesses.
What can I do to protect myself?
The best ways to avoid contamination by one of these pathogens is to minimize your sexual partners and to use always use condoms, and be sure to do so correctly. See your gynecologist if you’ve had intercourse without using a condom to test for sexually transmitted infections, or to ask questions about the best ways to stay safe.
For information about how to receive free testing for sexually transmitted diseases or how to lower your risk, please give us a call at 717-840-9885 or click on the button below to schedule an appointment to discuss your options.
Dr. Julie Drolet
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