An active and safe sex life is an important part of your physical wellbeing and proper sexual health. Certainly, a man needs regular sex to keep his manhood active and strong. Regular sexual acts should be practiced with caution and safety. Unfortunately, many people don’t know all the facts about sexually transmitted infections (STI). This includes firstly what is tested for and secondly what symptoms may or may not be present. This actually means that sexually active adults are at risk for contracting and spreading infections. It is very important that you learn about STI facts to ensure a safe, healthy sex life.
Testing – its important?
Any man or woman who is sexually active would do well to be tested every 3 months. In addition, by testing regularly you will always know what’s happening with your sexual health status. A small chance of transmission exists even when condoms are used. The risk increases for men if there was a condom breakage or slippage. There is more risk if he had unprotected sex with multiple partners. Testing is essential for men who have unprotected sex. Always be on the lookout for symptoms and seek treatment immediately.
The medical professional will determine the exact tests you need This will depend on the risk level and any symptoms. Consequently, when you notice a change in your genital area, you need to go see a medical professional who will diagnose and recommend the best treatment.
What are the STI Symptoms?
Men need to educate themselves and know what symptoms indicate infections. Just as importantly, they need to realize that, sometimes there won’t be symptoms to show signs of infections. Hence regular testing is recommended.
When men experience itching within the urethra(irritation inside the penis), burning upon urination and abdominal penile discharge, they may have contracted an STI, although a more mild cause such as yeast infection may also be indicated.
Three Most Common STIs and facts you are not aware about
Firstly Chlamydia is an STI. Sex without a condom transmits this STI. In addition sharing sex toys with someone who has Chlamydia transmits the STI. Infected semen and vaginal fluids transfer chlamydia. As a result, men will notice a discharge from the penis, a burning sensation when urinating, itching around the opening of the penis.
Secondly Gonorrhea is an STI that can infect both men and women and can cause infections in the genitals, rectum and throat. Symptoms such as urgency of urination, white or yellow discharge, swelling of the testicles or opening of the penis is noticeable within 2 to 14 days of exposure.
Thirdly Trichomoniasis, a common STI caused by a parasite. The symptoms include: irritation inside the penis, burning with urination and discharge from the penis.
All 3 of these STI’s have similar symptoms. Above all testing and treatment are essential if you have an STI.
Another common symptom of certain infections is the presence of bumps or sore on the penis. Bumps should be diagnosed by a health professional to determine what type they are. Herpes, genital warts, molluscum contagiousum and syphilis may be indicated. Early detection and treatment is imperative.
The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a viral infection. Skin-to-skin contact transmits the infection. There are more than 100 varieties of HPV. Sexual contact transmission accounts for fourty of these. HPV can affect your genitals, mouth or throat. There are many forms of HPV, some of which cause warts, some that cause cervical cancer and others that have no symptoms. HPV affects most people at some stage during their lives. Usually their bodies fend off the virus within a couple years.
HIV infection begins with symptoms similar to those of the flu – fever, fatigue and swollen lymph nodes. Others include diarrhea and weight loss.
Tests done by health professionals
A urine sample tests Chlamydia and gonorrhea. A blood test is appropriate for HIV. In addition, no tests for HPV exist for men. If a man is infected with HPV that causes genital warts, a visual diagnosis is conducted. Further, syphilis can be tested for with a blood test and if a sore is present, with a swab of the sore. Non-symptomatic herpes requires a blood test. So if bumps are present, a swab can be taken. Herpes tests aren’t always conclusive or reliable. Trichomoniasis is diagnosed visually or via a swab. The infection is harder to detect in men. A visual diagnosis is used for Molluscum contagiosum.
The importance of safe sex cannot be overestimated, therefore regular STI testing is a key component. Remember that not every infection has symptoms, and not everything can be tested for. For STI testing and treatment you can visit your nearest Mens Clinic International, our professional medical doctors will help you.
In conclusion, Men’s Clinic International deals with any sexual problems that are related to Weak Erections, Early Ejaculation, Low Libido, STIs or Circumcision. Do get in touch with us to book a consultation with our professional doctors who specialise in Men’s Sexual Health.
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