Have you ever contracted a sexually transmitted disease (STD)? Even if you have never been medically diagnosed with an STD, it is still very important to know exactly how to prevent these diseases from entering your body. Some STDs can be very easily preventable if you follow a few simple steps. Diseases such as HIV, chlamydia and gonorrhea can be kept at bay so long as you know how to protect yourself against the potential threats during sexual encounters. As one of the best STD clinics in Singapore, here is our take on why you should be concerned about protecting yourself against STDs.
You can’t really tell who has an STD
Some STDs are asymptomatic. That means that people may be living with the disease or virus and never show any abnormal signs or symptoms. Such STDs include chlamydia and gonorrhea. There is also a high risk of infection. In fact, three-quarters of women and half of men living with chlamydia do not show any symptom! Because there are no physical and recognisable signs, you may never know if your current or previous sexual partners have ever contracted an STD. The only real way to tell is to get tested at a STD clinic. Whenever you engage in a sexual relationship with a new partner, it is recommended that you take the necessary precautionary measures to protect yourself against STDs, such as wearing a condom. It will certainly save you pain and further medical bills in the long run.
STDs can be very dangerous
Because the Singaporean public is generally averse to talking about sex and STDs, they may not be aware of the possible dangers that come with STDs. While there are some STDs that are treatable with courses of antibiotics, there are a handful that cannot be cured, such as HIV. HIV patients often have to live with the virus in their bodies for the rest of their lives and have to take many courses of medications to keep the virus in check. Other STDs, like syphilis, can cause blindness if not treated in the early stages. STDs thus have the potential damage your health permanently, so it is important to take note of preventive and precautionary measures you can take to prevent getting infected.
There are many methods of preventing STDs
While the absolute way to ensure you never contract an STD is to abstain from all sex altogether, it might not always be feasible. There are multiple different methods to prevent STDs, depending on the type of STD. For instance, you could get vaccinated for Hepatitis B. However, the best way to prevent STDs is to use a latex condom correctly and properly whenever having sexual intercourse. You could also look out for any unusual signs or symptoms such as warts, rashes or sores on your partner’s genitalia and stop having sex immediately if you suspect that something is wrong. Learning more about the different types of STDs and STD prevention methods will also help you have a peace of mind whenever you have sexual encounters.
STD prevention may seem like a hassle, but it is definitely important in the modern lives of young and sexually active Singaporeans. If you suspect that you have an STD, we recommend having an STD screening in Singapore.