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February 06, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 180

There are a myriad of myths and distorted beliefs circulating with regard to Sexually Transmitted Diseases or STDs. Listed below are a series of facts and findings from health care providers and practitioners as a means of separating fact from fiction.

- Sexual abstinence is the only way to guarantee one will avoid STD infection 100 percent.

- The risk of acquiring or transmitting an STD is directly associated to sexually active persons who have multiple sex partners.

- STDs are acquired or transmitted during intimate sexual activity.

- Not all persons infected with an STD show obvious symptoms.

- Inanimate objects do not transmit STDs - people transmit STDs during intimate sexual activity.

- A person can be infected with one or several different STDs at the same time.

- Undetected, untreated and/or inadequately treated STDs can lead to serious health problems that may ultimately result in permanent tissue damage, threaten one's life and/or result in loss of life.

- Unlike some other diseases, having an STD once or several times does not provide immunity from "getting" an STD in the future.

- Persons who are advised by their health care professional they are infected with an STD should take rapid action to insure their sex partners are advised to seek medical assistance - evaluation.

- Persons who are sexually active with multiple sex partners should seek regular medical checkups to facilitate early detection and reduce the risk of medical complications from undetected - untreated infection.

- Prevention includes: abstinence; if sexually active, maintaining a mutually exclusive relationship for you and your partner; use of a quality latex prophylactic.

- Chlamydia and gonorrhea are bacterial STDs usually localized to the initial site of infection.

- Symptoms with gonorrhea are very similar to those of chlamydia for both women and men. - Syphilis is a systemic disease that is spread via the blood and/or lymphatic system and the organism that causes syphilis multiplies itself within the circulatory system.

- Syphilis can progress through four stages: Primary, Secondary, Early Latent and Late Latent.

- Undetected - untreated STDs can lead to medical complications requiring extended and costly medical care and may involve extended hospital care.

- STD infections can seriously impact one's social, educational and/or daily living environment.

- Regular testing for sexually transmitted infections is recommended annually for those who engage in unprotected sex and for those that have multiple partners.

There are many ways to get an STD, and if you get one, find a location for STD Testing in Boston.

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