Sexually transmitted infections, commonly referred to as STIs, are numerous but do not resemble each other. Here is a small panorama of the most common STIs that you can meet and their symptoms, in order to enlighten you.
What is an STI?
An STI is a sexually transmitted infection, that is, mediated through sexual intercourse. The infection may be caused by a bacterium, parasite or virus, which is originally present in the organism of one of the persons (in a known or unknown way), before the latter transmits it to the other.
An STI is not the same thing as an STD, or sexually transmitted disease. However, they have in common the way they are contracted and transmitted.
The only way to avoid STIs remains to protect themselves with the condom, which remains the only effective contraceptive method to 100% against any sexually transmitted problem.
The most common STIs and their symptoms
Among the most common STIs are the most serious of all: the AIDS virus or HIV, but also syphilis (rarer but still extant), hepatitis B, genital herpes and HPV, for the best known.
All these infections can be diagnosed with blood samples, but their symptoms are different. AIDS is violently manifested by severe diarrhea, fever and a considerable and general weakening of the body. and treatments to treat it are heavy to endure, with risks of recurrence and death.
Hepatitis B is a common condition, which unfortunately affects more and more people. It is characterized mainly by hepatic fevers and a kind of “yellowing” which is characteristic of it.
Genital herpes gives rise to the formation of white and painful pimples on the genitals, while HPV has no specific symptoms.
lesions, redness or pain may appear, but there are most of the time no visible symptoms to the naked eye, hence the importance of being tested well.
Sexually transmitted infections: be vigilant with doubts
It is important to be very careful, even when you trust your partner, to avoid STIs. Often the person itself does not know that it is a carrier.
If you have a doubt, or if your last tests go back at a time, take your courage with both hands, and visit your doctor to do a blood test.
This will prevent you from putting yourself in danger and taking the risk of putting your partner in danger.