The Low-Down on STD Transmission

STD’s, as the name suggests, are transferred via sexual contact whether it is anal, vaginal, or even oral. Whatever route it is as long as it involves, intimate contact between an infected individual and a susceptible one, STD can be acquired. Being sexually active, it is advisable for one to go to STD clinics to get tested to check if your last sexual encounter brought you more than just a pleasurable night.Chlamydia Transmission
Chlamydia transmission occurs during sexual intercourse and can also be transferred from an infected mother to her baby during vaginal childbirth. That is to say, any sexually active person can be infected with chlamydia. The greater the number of sex partners you have, the greater the risk of getting the infection is. That being said, being sexually active is a big factor; thus, one should always get routine STD check-ups to determine whether or not you have the STD or not.Herpes Transmission
Herpes infection is spread via direct skin to skin contact. Unlike the flu virus where you can get it through the air, herpes spreads through direct contact: it is through direct contact from the site of the infection to the body part. For example, if you have a cold sore and you kiss someone, you are transferring the virus from your mouth to theirs. Similarly, if you have active genital herpes and have penetrative intercourse, you can give your partner genital herpes. You can also pass on your oral herpes to their genitals by performing oral sex. For cases such as these, it would be best to visit a STD clinic to be tested and to get prescribed the proper medication.Gonorrhea Transmission
Gonorrhea is transmitted through contact with the: genitals, mouth, or anus. It is important to note that ejaculation is not necessary in order for the gonorrhea to be transmitted. People who have had gonorrhea and have undergone treatment may get infected again if they have sexual contact with a person who is also infected with gonorrhea. Regular check-ups at STD clinics are advised especially if you are sexually active.Syphilis Transmission
Syphilis transmission occurs through direct contact with a syphilis sore during sex. These sores appear on the external genitals, anus, or in the rectum. Sores may also appear on the lips and in the mouth. If you have sores present in these area and are sexually active, get tested immediately to confirm if it is or is not syphilis.HPV Transmission
HPV is typically transmitted through direct contact/skin-to-skin contact. The virus may also be spread by touching something that has been contaminated with the virus although a chance of transmitting the disease this way is extremely small. Get tested regularly for STDs, not just HPV but for other types as well.This being the case, it is important for anyone who is sexually active to have regular and routine STD check-ups to make sure that they are not infected. By doing this, you will be able to know if you are already infected even before the symptoms manifest. That way you can prevent the possible spread of the illness and decrease the rate of occurrences.

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