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Top 10 Risk Factors for Acquiring an STD

by on October 25, 2017 in Counseling
Top 10 Risk Factors for Acquiring an STD

A sexually transmitted disease (STD) or sexually transmitted infection (STI) is typically transmitted in body fluids like blood, semen or vaginal fluids and are most often obtained by sexual contact. Occasionally they can pass from a mother to an infant during pregnancy, but babies can be born with STD’s. Infections can also be obtained with shared needles and blood transfusions. Sometimes people are not aware they have an STD because symptoms are not always noticeable, and they pass the infection. Perfectly healthy-looking individuals can have STD’s. 

Are You at Risk for an STD?

Anyone who is sexually active can get an STD. But there are risk factors that make it more likely that certain individuals are more likely to get an STD than other people. Some of these risk factors include; 

1. Unprotected Sex. 
2. Oral sex.
3. Having multiple sex partners. 
4. Rape or assault. 
5. Age of 15 to 24. 
6. Injecting drugs.
7. Abusing alcohol. 
8. Abusing drugs. 
9. Mother to infant infection.
10. Having a history of contracting STD’s.
11. Men who request prescriptions to treat erectile dysfunction.

Signs that You Might Have An STD

There are a wide range of symptoms that occur when an STD is contracted. Some people experience no symptoms at all while others experience; discharge from the penis, burning during urination, bumps or sores on the genital or rectal area, abdominal pain, pain during sex, vaginal bleeding, foul smelling vaginal discharge, swollen lymph nodes, rash on hands or feet and or fever. 

See a Doctor Immediately

If you think you have an STD, you should see a doctor immediately. Your doctor may run blood tests, take urine samples or take fluid samples to determine if you are infected. They may prescribe antibiotics or antiviral drugs if you are infected. STD’s caused from bacteria respond the best to treatment. Viral infections are not always cured but they can be managed. 


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