Sex is fun, we all know that, but what isn’t fun is the consequences that could come out from unprotected sex– STDs and PREGNANCY.
STDs, an acronym for “Sexually Transmitted Diseases” is defined just as It is named: Diseases one can acquire through sex, be it Vaginal, anal or oral. First of all when most people hear “STDs, the first thought that comes to mind is HIV/AIDS “only”, but this is not true because they are actually a lot of diseases that one can get from unprotected sex, such as:
•Human papillomavirus (HPV)
The best way to avoid all this is by protecting yourself with condoms. Ladies this is most necessary for you as Guys have a lesser chance for contacting STDs than Ladies, due to their anatomy which is a small opening in their Penis. In some cases (emphasis on the “some”) a guy could have sex with an infected lady three times before he gets infected. But for we Ladies, all it takes it one sexual encounter and “BOOM!” infection. So no matter how tempting that “D” is, no matter how long and firm and curvy, demand for a condom, Protect yourself. And guys, not everyone is lucky, some guys can get infected from inserting “Just the tip.” So use protection. Protect yourself.
Here are some of the signs of STDs in Guys:
•Discharge from the penis: Naturally the only discharge a guy is meant to see come out from his dick is the one during sex, but this is not always the case as a discharge can occur during an STDs infection. This discharge can be watery and clear, or thick and cloudy containing pus and even blood. It occurs in STDs such as Chlamydia and Trichomoniasis. So please guys if you see, go get tested immediately so you can be given the appropriate drugs for treatment.
•Pain when urinating: Urinating is supposed to be an easy act, so when one feels pain during the act it should be a cause of alarm. Painful urination is one of the first symptoms of an STDs, but it could also be a symptom of other ailments such as Kidney stone, or caused due to reactions with cream, condom or friction from cloth. So please, once again, get tested before treatment to be sure you are taking the drugs for the right ailment.
•Burning or itching around the opening of the penis: This is another early symptom of STDs. Ladies if you notice your guy scratching his pubic area, even if its just once, drag his ass to the hospital and demand he gets tested. After all his health is (directly or indirectly) connected to yours.
•Pain and swelling in one or both testicles: The term ” Balls on fire ” best describes this symptom as that’s the exact feeling an infected person would have. But just as a number of symptoms, pain and swelling of both testicles isn’t caused only by STDs, Testicular cancer, injuries and Epididymitis are a few other causes.
•Bleeding: Nothing could be more terrifying that bleeding from a place where blood was never meant to come out from. The bleeding could occur from the anus as in the case of Chlamydia (this occurs for those that partake in anal sex), or is present in the semen as in the case of Gonorrhea, Chlamydia and herpes. Like always, as soon as symptoms are noticed, get tested; get treated.
•Fever: I’m very sure that the first thing our mind goes to when we have fever is malaria, but STDs also causes fever. This is a late symptom though, but a vital one because it tells the host of the STDs that the Fungi, Virus or Bacteria has progressed to it’s final stage and that He should get treated a.s.a.p. So when you go for that Malaria test, also get tested for STDs.
•Headache: Many people would laugh at this symptom and I don’t blame you cause I also laughed when I first saw it, but believe it or not it’s also a symptom. Because headache is so common and can be caused by a large variety of sicknesses, It can be easily ignored to be a symptom of STDs. But if you have a headache, you may be at risk for an STD .
Other symptoms include:
•Blisters on the genitals, rectum, buttocks, or thighs.
•Tingling, itching, or burning sensations of the skin around the blisters.
•Sore muscles in the lower back, buttocks, and upper legs.
Now for the Ladies, here are some of the signs of STDs:
•Discharge: The female body normally produces discharge as a means to clean the vagina, during intercourse for lubrication or during ovulation when it becomes thicker and more noticeable. The normal discharge is white in colour and thick or thin, and usually odourless, so when you notice your discharge to be any other variety of colour apart from white, such as milky, yellow or green; extremely thick to the extent that it clumps together and has a terrible odour– that’s a clear indication of an STDs.
Fishy or Foul smell from vaginal discharge: Nothing could be more embarrassing for a Lady than to be told by her guy that her pussy stinks–especially during sexual intercourse (that would kill the vibe immediately), but the irony is that most of these Ladies have this stink because their guys infected them with an STDs. STDs that can cause fishy or foul smell are Bacterial vaginosis and Trichomoniasis. Also note that they are also STDs that don’t cause fishy or foul smell such as Chlamydia and gonorrhea but are dangerousness nevertheless. So like I’ve said a million times already, get tested, either monthly or once every three months, depending on when last you had sex.
•Vaginal Itching: The vagina was never created to itch, being a self-cleaning organ should ensure that even more, so Ladies when you feel an itch, just have it in the back of your mind that you are dealing with either Chlamydia, Genital herpes, Genital warts, Trichomoniasis or Gonorrhea.
•Painful urination: Just as in the guys, painful urination is one of the first symptoms of STDs in women and a test should be taken immediately It’s been noticed.
•Pain during intercourse: Apart from the “first time” and maybe one or two after that, sex isn’t meant to be painful for we ladies, so when this occurs no one needs to tell you that something is wrong down there. STDs that can cause painful sex includes Genital warts, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Herpes, Trichomoniasis, and syphilis. Again like many symptoms it could be caused by another ailments( which makes testing before treatment all the more necessary). Other ailments that can cause Pain during intercourse are Vagina dryness or lack of desire to fuck.
Fever: As earlier mentioned, this is a late symptom but Its very vital as in indicates that the infection has gotten to it’s final or most crital stage. So always do a thorough checkup when you have a fever.
Other symptoms include:
•Vaginal blisters or blisters in the genital area (the region covered by underwear).
•Vaginal rash or rash in the genital area.
•Sore throat (After oral sex).
The good news though is that most of these STDs can be treated within a week or two when the right drugs are administered.
So here is what you should do if you notice you have any of these signs:
•Go get tested: Please this is very important, I know that I’ve mentioned this more than a million times and you must be tired of hearing it, but you need to know what exactly is wrong before taking any drugs. Don’t assume; don’t guess, the symptoms of one or more STDs can be very similar, but while one is caused by Bacteria another can be caused by Fungi and these need different drugs.
•After you have been tested, the doctor or lab technician (depending where you took your test) will prescribed drugs for you.
•Take the prescribed drugs for the time duration, adhering to your prescription without fail. (Avoid sex during this period. Abeg.) And voilà, you are healthy again.
•Last but not the least, practice safe sex.
Side note: Some STDs are “asymptomatic“, meaning they display no symptoms when you are infected. So when you go for your routine HIV Tests every three months, be sure to throw in a general STDs test as well. Its easy, all that is needed is a culture medium: urine or semen.
Now on the topic of pregnancy, No Lady wants to wake up one day without warning and find out that She is going to be a Mother in 9 months and I’m sure no guy wants to receive a text or a call, congratulating him that he won a lottery in the Father’s Department. So how do we prevent this? The answer again is condoms! Do you guys see how this tiny balloon-like-rubber is a life saver in many ways?
So please use one.
Another solution to avoid pregnancy would be to use POSTINOR2 after an unprotected sex ,but this ain’t really wise, because you might stop yourself from getting pregnant but postinor2 doesn’t prevent STDs, so once again the condom is a wiser choice.
So Ladies and Gentlemen, go out and have fun, but have a safe fun.
Use condoms, avoid had-i-knowns.
Side Side note: If you believe condom is scam, like my friend Em, then find one partner, go for testing to prove you both are clean, then you can have sex till oblivion.
Have a good day.