Whether you and your wife/partner are trying to have a baby, are pregnant or just trying to stay safe and in good health, understanding sexually transmitted diseases is critical.
Always communicate openly with your partner. Should either of you experience any of the symptoms or suspect an infection, make sure to see a qualified medical professional at the earliest. When it comes to sexually transmitted infections, it is better to be safe than sorry.
STD’s and STI’s can be contracted from sexual contact or non-sexual contact (mother to infant during pregnancy/childbirth, blood transfusions or shared needles).
The disease may be passed from person to person through bodily fluids like blood, semen or vaginal fluids.
It is possible to experience no symptoms at all and still have an infection. You and your partner may be at risk of complications (certain types of cancer, heart disease, infertility etc.) if you aren’t checked in time.
Viral infections (HIV, HPV, genital herpes) can be managed with antiviral medications but not always cured.
Parasitic (trichomoniasis) and Bacterial (chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis) infections are easier to treat and require antibiotics.
A blood test, fluid sample and/or urine sample can help determine if you are infected or not. Under certain circumstances, you may be required to undergo an STD/STI screening to rule out infections.
Always consult with a qualified medical care professional to evaluate your birth control options. Never take a decision without the opinion and guidance of your trusted doctor.