Can You Get An STD From A Toilet Seat?
9 months ago, 28 Dec 20:16
If only sex were all fun and games. You know, orgasms, intimacy, babies (when you want them), animal noises… But if you’re sexually active, getting a sexually transmitted infection (STI) is a real possibility: A recent report by the Centers for Disease Controls and Prevention (CDC) estimates that up to 20 million new STI infections occur each year in the U.S. That's why it’s so important to get tested regularly, be honest with your partner(s) about your sexual history and testing status, and dish the truth to your gyno at your annual visit, says ob-gyn Jaime Goldstein, M.D., of the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center. But even though STIs are on the rise—according to recent research from the CDC, reported cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis have reached an all-time high in the U.S., and over 59 million women in the U.S. have STIs—talking about them is a lot harder than talking about the common cold, flu, or even yeast infections. It's time for that to change: Sexual activity is normal human behavior and is as natural as eating and sleeping, and it only takes one sexual encounter to get an STI, says Denise Howard, M.D., assistant professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at Weill Cornell Medicine and author of The Essence of You: Your Guide to Gynecologic Health. So we need to stop treating STIs and STI diagnosis as shameful because honestly, anyone could get one. (Yes, even you). So let’s start with the basics: STIs refer to any infection transmitted from one person to another through sexual contact. The infection can be bacterial (such as chlamydia or gonorrhea), viral (such HIV or herpes) or parasitic (trichomoniasis), explains Howard. And some, but not all, are completely treatable, she says. But that's just the tip of the, ahem, iceberg. Here, ob-gyns share nine things you probably don’t know about STIs, but should. Many STIs won’t raise a sea of red flags. And, if they do, they’re often symptoms that can be explained away by other things like yeast infections or PMS (think: slight itching, discolored discharge, cramps, or back pain, says Goldstein). In fact, while chlamydia is one of the most common STIs in women under 25, according to the CDC, it shows no symptoms in more than 70 percent of patients, explains Goldstein. Problem is, if left untreated, STIs such as chlamydia and gonorrhea can spread to the uterus and fallopian tubes, causing pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which can lead to scarring of the fallopian tubes and even infertility, she says. Left untreated, undiagnosed STIs cause up to 24,000 women to become infertile each year, according to the CDC. The bottom line: Since STIs don’t always cause symptoms that let you know what’s up, it’s that much more important to get tested at least once a year, or between partners, whichever comes first, Goldstein says. Good news for anyone who clenches everything at the thought of waxing: Your pubes might actually help you stay healthy. A 2016 study published in the British Medical Journal showed a relationship between pubic hair removal and ...
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