Sexually transmitted disease/infections (STD/STI) are very common and can be spread very easily. Most men who get an STD will get symptoms, for example 60% will experience a burning sensation when passing urine or will notice a yellow/green discharge from the penis. This means that 40% have mild or no symptoms at all, which emphasizes the need for screening.
This is even more staggering when we consider the symptoms for women. Up to 80% may have no symptoms at all, which often means they have no idea something is wrong. Untreated STDs such as Chlamydia can even lead to pelvic inflammatory disease in women, which in turn can lead to infertility.
Regular screening is recommended for those with casual partners, even if protection has been used because condoms are not 100% safe.
If you are experiencing any symptoms such as burning while passing urine, penile discharge or vaginal discharge you should be screened and treated right away. If you have no symptoms then regular screening is advised to ensure you identify a hidden infection early.
Other common infections to be aware of include Gonorrhoea/gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, HIV, mycoplasma, ureaplasma, yeast and parasites.
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