5 Ways to Prevent Venereal Diseases - Famasi Africa

If you engage in casual sex with multiple partners, be sure you're up-to-date on your sexual health status and always use protection.

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A woman holding a condom

Sex is a natural and healthy part of human existence. In fact, the universe demands it. It's biologically essential for reproduction, which drives pretty much every life form on earth.

However, there are downsides to getting intimate with people at the wrong time. One of these negative effects is contracting Venereal diseases; they're diseases that can be easily transmitted through intimate contact with people. Therefore, it's important to know how to prevent them.

Nowadays, the word "venereal diseases" has slowly been replaced with "Sexually Transmitted Diseases."

There are several types of venereal diseases, and some can be very serious. Some common examples include chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and herpes.

So, how can you prevent venereal diseases?

There are countless things you can do to help reduce the risk of getting a venereal disease. Some of them include:

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Arm yourself with the right knowledge

It's important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of venereal diseases to look out for so that you can seek treatment if needed.

There are many STDs and each has its set of signs and symptoms. It can be difficult to know if you have an STD, since many of the symptoms are similar to those of other illnesses. That's why it's essential to get tested regularly for STDs, especially if you're sexually active.

Some common signs and symptoms to look out for:

  • A discharge from the penis or vagina
  • Painful or swollen testicles
  • Rectal pain and bleeding
  • Rash or sore on the genitals
  • Itching or burning sensation in the genital area
  • Pain during sex
  • Sores on the mouth or throat
  • Swollen glands in the neck
Image of a banana with condom
Image of a banana with condom

Using protection

Another important way to reduce the risk of getting infected is using protection during sex. This includes condoms for both vaginal and anal sex, as well as dental dams for oral sex.

Avoid multiple partners

As long as you're sexually active, it's advisable to avoid having multiple partners and get tested for STDs regularly.

If you engage in casual sex with multiple partners, be sure you're up-to-date on your sexual health status and always use protection, like dental dams and condoms to keep you safe.

Get vaccinated against STDs
Get vaccinated against STDs (Photo by Mufid Majnun / Unsplash)

Get vaccinated

Getting vaccines for STIs is an effective and safe way to reduce your risk of contracting venereal diseases. You can get vaccines for STIs such as human papillomavirus and hepatitis.

Abstinence

One of the best ways to prevent sexually transmitted diseases is to practice abstinence. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) duly recommends abstaining from sex in order to prevent venereal diseases.

However, if you cannot abstain and really wish to have sex, always protect yourself with contraceptives

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the risky behaviors for contracting STI?

Risky behaviors for contracting STIs include:

  • Having unprotected sex
  • Having sex with multiple partners
  • Sharing needles or sharp objects

But you can't get STD from the following:  

  • Shaking hands
  • Touching doorknobs
  • Wearing contact lenses or clothing
  • Sitting on public toilet seats

You cannot develop venereal diseases just by living with infected persons.

Can STD be passed through the sperm of the male to the female partner if the male is a carrier?

Yes, a man carrying a sexually transmitted disease (STD) can pass it through his sperm to his sexual partner(s). This is why it's important to use contraceptives when having sex with a known carrier.

You shouldn't have sex with a known carrier but where you had no prior knowledge, test yourself with at-home test kits because postpill has no effect on sexual infections.

Conclusion

Education is extremely vital in reducing the spread of venereal diseases. Make sure you’re informed about the common STDs, their symptoms, and how they're transmitted. Remember not to be shy when talking to your partner about STD tests and safe sex.

If you have any questions about how to protect yourself or suspect you may have contracted a venereal disease, consult a medical practitioner.