Health and Fitness

How Black Women Can Protect Themselves from STD’s

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When you are sexually active you do not often think about all the bad things that can happen. There are a lot of health risks that can be involved when you have sex and these types of things really need to be thought of before you and your partner even think about having sex. You should be sure that you both take the time to know each other and what your sexual history is beforehand.

Minor Infections

There is a good majority of sexually transmitted diseases that you can contract from unprotected sex. There are also some non-STD infections that you can get from sex as well. Urinary tract infection is among the worst that you can get. If you find that when you are peeing and feel a burning sensation, the chances are that you have a UTI and will want to get urinary tract infection treatments immediately. The treatment for something like this is a series of oral antibiotics. The doctor will also tell you that you need to drink a lot of fluids – cranberry juice is a good one – so that you flush your bladder out.

The Big One

HIV/AIDS is one of the biggest issues with unprotected sex today. It can hit anyone regardless of sexual orientation, age, or race. It is very important that you get tested periodically if you are sexually active. Especially if you have sex with multiple partners and if they are people that you do not know well. Not everyone is going to be forthcoming with the issues that they have; some may not even know they have it until it is too late. This is the reason you should always use protection and talk to your partner about these things beforehand.

STD Prevention

There are a lot of things that you can think about doing if you want to reduce the risk or altogether prevent the spread of STD’s.

·  Abstaining from sex is the best way to prevent the spreading of STD’s

·  Stay with a single partner that you know does not have any form of STD

·  You should wait and get verification, abstain from vaginal and anal sex until you know that you and your partner are free of STD

·  There are some diseases that you can get vaccinated for. You should always go with this.

·  Condoms and dental dams are good ways to help keep diseases at bay as long as they are used properly

·  Do not do a lot of drinking or drug use. This will often lead to sexual promiscuity.

·  Proper communication is always the first line of defense. Talk to your partner about all the risks and possibilities.

Sometimes it is inevitable and someone is bound to contract an STD. Some of them can be easily treated and others there is no known cure for. It can be very devastating to find out that you or a loved one has an STD. There are always support groups around that you can go to talk to other people that are in the same situation as you are. Visiting your doctor or contacting your local health department is something that should be done so that you can set up a treatment program to help you through whatever you may have.

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