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When Love Can Harm -- Preventing Sexually Transmitted Diseases

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Have you ever personally had an STD? Better yet, have you ever given your partner an STD and if so, how did you know you had an STD? I’m sure this is not something anyone wants to readily admit, but this is a very important matter nonetheless.

Normally, this specific question is posed by your new doctor when visiting the office for the first time or having an annual checkup. However, it might surprise you the amount of women who may answer yes to this very serious question.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of women and teen girls discover they have an STD and although most are curable, this disease can have some long term effects such as infertility. In addition, if a woman contracts a sexually transmitted disease during pregnancy, it can cause serious health problems for the baby. Currently, there are more than 20 types of STDs.

The most common are: Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Herpes Simplex, HIV/AIDS, HPV, Syphilis, Trichomoniasis

As adult women, it is more important than ever to protect yourself from sexually transmitted diseases when engaging in sexual activity. Always, be sure to use condoms when having sex. It also might be a good idea to insist that both people have a physical which includes AIDS testing before engaging in sexual intercourse. These details may appear to put a downer on the spontaneity of things, but it is a good idea to be as safe as possible when taking on a new partner.

For more information on all the kinds of STDs go to: http://www.medicinenet.com/sexually_transmitted_diseases_stds_in_women/article.htm.

Love and sex are meant to be fun, not to cause sickness or, more seriously, death. The right questions in the beginning can cause love to feel good and not harm.

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Well said, Miss Judy!


March 21, 2009 - 7:24pm
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