Your STI questions answered

Growing up is a confusing time of hormones and new life experiences. Knowing what’s going on with your sexual health needs to be straightforward and clear, so here are some of the top youth questions answered:

What is the difference between STI and STD?

People often wonder why some people use the term sexually transmitted infection and some say sexually transmitted disease. In the past, people also use to use the phrase ‘venereal disease’. This began to have negative connotations, although it came from the ‘Venus’, the Greek goddess of love. In short, doctors tend to use the phrase sexually transmitted infections to refer to the group of infections that can be spread through sexual intercourse. STD is more commonly applied to just one of the infections.

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Which STD is most common among teens today?

The most prevalent STD is chlamydia. Between 80-90% of females won’t have any obvious symptoms, and the figure is similar for men. The next most common infection is the human papilloma virus, which can lead to genital warts or cancer, depending on the type of virus. This virus can also hang around for a long time with no symptoms.

Is anal or oral sex safe?

You can still contract an STD by having oral or anal sex, if the person you’re with has an infection. If that person has no symptoms, you can’t always tell just by looking either. Viruses can spread through contact with the mouth, genitals, anus and throat, so you should always use a condom or dental dam to practice safe sex of any kind.

What happens if I don’t know I have an infection?

It’s not a pleasant thought but many infections can cause serious problems if left untreated for a long time. Not only is there the increased risk of unknowingly passing the infection to someone else, but further infections can develop in the body causing reproductive problems, for example. Some untreated sexual infections can even be passed onto newborn babies, so it’s crucial that people get themselves checked out regularly if they are sexually active. Home STI kits London can help you to get checked out in the comfort of your own home.

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What happens during a test?

Getting tested for the most common STDs is really simple. The most common method is a urine test, and this can be completed in the privacy of your own home with Home STI kits London.

Can you tell by looking if someone has an infection?

Sometimes it’s possible, but often it isn’t. A person might feel a difference, such as pain when peeing or an unusual discharge from their penis or vagina. Some of the infections might cause sores to appear on the genitals or around the mouth. However, most people won’t have any obvious physical signs of being infected and this doesn’t mean you won’t catch anything from them.

 

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