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Health Issues Sexually Transmitted

By Anonymous March 24, 2011 - 9:16pm
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I have symptoms that have developed over time and have tried to put a name or cause to these. It's ranged from thinking I've caught other peoples illnesses through sex, because I've noticed I've picked up their problems which I never had before to thinking I've got a unrecognisable disease. When I was 19 I had a bad experience, unprotected sex with a stranger - he seemed forgetful and overtly tidy. I've developed a very bad short term memory, although I drink I cannot see this to be the cause of such bad memory. I went out with someone who had a distinct smell - like meat when he breathed near me and he often coughed a lot - I now cough a lot and have a problem in blowing blood out of my nose. I'm sure I now smell like meat from my breath. Another person raped my - forced me to have sex with him and he had very bad acne or a bad skin condition, although I had eczema before, I now notice I have spots that do not heal properly and look exactly like this persons and the spots hurt. I've never had skin problems like this. I now have a very painful rib cage which is deforming and causing me discomfort. I'd like to know if people pass on their conditions through sexual contact and what these painful symptoms could be in terms of abnormal bone growth.

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Hi Anonymous,
Thank you for your question and for finding EmpowHER. Have you been diagnosed with any conditions by a medical professional? Are you currently on any medication? I have never heard of contracting other people's conditions through sexual activity. Have you spoken with a doctor about the symptoms you are having? I know for instance, acne is not contagious, and I not sure what you mean by "smelling like meat." I do know that alcohol can do a number on your memory, particularly if you imbibe heavily and regularly.
I completely understand how having bad experiences can scar you. I know for instance how I have noticed that I sometimes exhibit habits of my ex-husband, and I catch & correct myself. It's strange how the mind works. Did you ever talk with a therapist or counselor after the rape, for example? It may do you some good to work through how it no doubt has effected you. Just a thought. We are not doctors here, and can't diagnose you or tell you what to do. We can only make suggestions, or provide information to help you advocate for your health.
You may want to call your doctor to get checked out, particularly if you haven't been to a doctor in a long time, you may need a physical. And while you're there, you can ask the questions you are wanting to know about. You may want to take notes so you won't forget what the doctor said.
Additionally, here's an article that may provide some insight: Post Rape Stress Disorder
If this information is not of some help, let us know what information you're specifically are looking for, and we'll try to help locate it.
Good luck, and let us know how you're doing.

March 25, 2011 - 7:52am
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