Coronavirus Lockdown May Help Reduce The Spread of STDs

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Novel coronavirus disease, also known as COVID-19, has spread across the globe in a relatively short timeframe. The number of new infections keeps increasing and governments are introducing new, stricter measures to keep their citizens safe and prevent the pandemic from spreading even more. Coronavirus lockdown has changed our lives in many ways. People need to work from home, kids don’t go to school, everything has changed. What’s more, coronavirus lockdown may help reduce the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

How can COVID-19 reduce the spreading of STDs?

The primary reason why STDs spread is that people engage in risky sexual behaviors and practices. It’s not uncommon for men and women to have multiple sexual partners. All these things can increase the likelihood of developing STD and spread it to other people who, then, go on to pass on the infection to someone else. The cycle continues! That being said, coronavirus lockdown has basically “forced” people to stay home. They no longer meet up with multiple men and women. At the same time, they do not practice risky sexual behaviors. In turn, the likelihood of STDs decreases and so does the chance to pass them on to someone else. 

It’s also worth noting that COVID-19 has increased stress and anxiety in millions of people around the globe. Both stress and anxiety decrease libido thus making a person lose interest in sexual activity. This could also be a reason why coronavirus lockdown could reduce spreading STDs to other people. Nobody wants to get infected so any type of contact with other people is reduced to a minimum. In fact, you are your safest sexual partner

Can I get COVID-19 through sex?

Novel coronavirus disease has sparked many debates and raised a lot of questions, particularly because it’s a new condition and little is known about it. That being said, there is no evidence nor confirmation by any health regulatory body that people can pass on COVID-19 to their partner through sexual intercourse. However, you can spread the disease through close physical contact. You see, the virus is spread through tiny infected droplets that you expel when sneezing, coughing, or exhaling. Then, these droplets can reach the nose or mouth of the other person and the infection is spread.

Conclusion

Coronavirus lockdown could reduce the spread of STDs in many ways. People limit their physical contact with other people, but also stress and anxiety have a negative impact on their sex drive. Bear in mind that protecting yourself from COVID-19 requires regular hand-washing and maintaining social distancing, as well as other safe practices recommended by healthcare experts. By protecting yourself you are actually protecting other people. 

References 

https://www.tht.org.uk/news/dont-hook-during-covid-19-lockdown

Oral STDs: All That You Need To Know

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Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are common across the globe, but we usually associate them with uncomfortable signs and symptoms in the genital area. However, oral STDs are also common and it’s important to learn about them. So, scroll down to get informed about oral STDs and how to recognize them.

Who can get oral STD?

Generally speaking, every man or woman who engages in oral sex is at risk of developing oral STD. The reason is simple, most sexually transmitted diseases can be passed on to partner through oral sex. That being said, some factors contribute to a higher risk of developing oral STD and they include the number of sexual partners, the particular oral acts in which people engage, among others. The likelihood also increases with the lack of awareness of oral STD. The more people know about oral STDs the more likely they are to adopt safe practices and avoid them.

STDs passed on through oral sex

Various STDs can also pass on to a partner through oral sex and below we’re going to discuss them. 

Chlamydia 

The risk of developing this oral STD comes after giving oral sex to a partner with an infected penis or vagina and rectum. People who get oral sex on the penis from a partner with chlamydia in the throat can also develop this STD (but on their penis, not oral of course). Oral Chlamydia can be asymptomatic, but affected people may also experience a sore throat. The good thing is that it’s possible to treat Chlamydia with the right medicine.

Gonorrhea

Gonorrhea, like other STDs, is spread after giving oral sex to a partner with infected vagina, penis, or rectum. Although the STD doesn’t usually cause symptoms, it can induce a sore throat. That being said, oral gonorrhea can be more difficult to cure than genital or rectal infections, but treatment is still possible with antibiotics.

Syphilis

A person can get oral syphilis when giving oral sex to someone with syphilis sore or rash on their genitals or anus. Areas of initial infection may include lips, mouth, and throat. Even though oral syphilis doesn’t always have symptoms, they may include one or more painless ulcers or sores on the lips, mouth, and throat. The treatment is possible with the right medicine.

Herpes

You may develop oral herpes if you give oral sex to a partner with herpes on the genital area, anus, buttocks, or in the rectum. The STD may then develop on lips, mouth, or throat. The STD may manifest itself through headache or fever and painful or itching sores at the site of infection. No cure for herpes exists, but antiviral medications decrease symptoms of outbreaks.

Human papillomavirus (HPV)

Giving oral sex to a partner with an HPV-infected penis, vagina, or anus can cause oral HPV in the mouth or throat. This oral STD may lead to the formation of warts in the throat that cause changes in voice, shortness of breath, and difficulty speaking. Treatment may reduce warts, but won’t eliminate the infection. Warts may also disappear on their own.

Conclusion

Sexually active men and women need to bear in mind it’s possible to develop oral STDs as well. Practice safe sex and get tested regularly. With home testing kits it has never been easier to determine whether you have an STD or not.

References 

https://www.webmd.com/sex-relationships/features/4-things-you-didnt-know-about-oral-sex#3

https://www.cdc.gov/std/healthcomm/stdfact-stdriskandoralsex.htm

The Benefits of Using Portable STD Kits and Telemedicine Services in The Time of Coronavirus

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For a lot of people, especially the African population, STDs and reproductive health are somewhat of a tabu – topics that are to be discussed in secrecy or to be not discussed at all. The feelings of fear and shame that have been often linked to the topics of STDs and reproductive health are partially the reason why there is an ever-growing number of new STD cases in Africa whereas we see a promising decline while talking about the rest of the world.

Relying on portable STD kits and telemedicine services in the time of coronavirus

Luckily, the researchers and doctors have been working on finding a solution that would help make diagnosis easier and the affected individuals would get properly treated later. The solution lays in the portable STD kits which can be purchased easily online. A perfect example is the portable STD kits offered by GhanaMedicals. GhanaMedicals are offering their portable STD kits for a discounted price to help the fight against STDs in the time of the new coronavirus.

They are offering portable STD kits for Gonorrhea, Syphilis, Chlamydia, genital herpes, and much more. More and more people rely on portable STD kits to let them know if they have been affected by any dangerous STD or not since they get to order their kit anonymously online and do the test at home. Then the sample is to be sent to the laboratory, again in complete anonymity, and the results would be sent in a few days. All of the needed instruction and materials are provided with the portable STD kit. 

But it seems that now, the portable STD kits have gotten a new meaning. Since the new coronavirus outbreak, we are living in fear, as we are encouraged to stay at home and avoid going to the hospital except for emergencies. Having a portable STD kit would certainly make things easier in detecting the presence of STD and asking the doctor for help by using telemedicine services later.

Telemedicine services involve the use of technology and electronic communication to provide proper medical services without the patient visiting their doctor at the office. Using telemedicine services, the doctor can provide advice and even a proper prescription for any medications that are required to be used given the situation. 

Combining portable STD kits and telemedicine services is a great option for keeping the visits at the doctor’s office to a minimum and with that – the rates of coronavirus as low as possible. With this, you will still be able to get a proper diagnosis and treatment and prevent any serious complications that are expected to happen due to untreated STD. 

References

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6808548/
https://chironhealth.com/telemedicine/what-is-telemedicine/

What Groups Of People Are Exposed To The Highest Risk Of STDs?

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The term STDs stands for sexually transmitted diseases with the term being self-explanatory referring to diseases that are transmitted through unprotected sexual intercourse including oral, anal, and vaginal sex. There are many STDs and even more complications than they could potentially lead to if left untreated, however, the following STDs are marked as the most common ones – HIV/AIDS, chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhea, and herpes. 

The number of new STD cases is increasing, despite the hardest efforts of doctors and researchers to raise awareness among the people. However, it is countries like Africa that are marked as high-burden countries in the fight against STDs. For example, 9.1 African adults have been affected by chlamydia back in 2008, whereas genital herpes has affected around 118 million adults (HSV-1) and 19.2 million adults (HSV-2), and with that Africa has been marked as the country with the highest prevalence of genital herpes.

The risk groups that are more likely to get infected with an STD

Over the years we have been able to understand that there are simply some groups of people that have an increased risk of getting infected with an STD as compared to the general population. In the following we will share the potentially high-risk groups of people:

  • Women – African women are more likely to get infected with an STD as compared to be, as research has shown back in 1992;
  • Children – Unfortunately, in Africa, both adults and children are affected, with children and adult women being the most common victims of the different STDs. 91% of the HIV-infected children worldwide are living in Africa;
  • People who have more than one sexual partner – Being in a monogamous relationship is considered to be an effective prevention method for STDs;
  • People who engage in unprotective sex – Practicing unsafe sex is the number one risk factor for STDs;
  • People who live in rural areas – Rural areas have been marked as high-burden, with most of the STD-infected people living there;
  • People who engage in the fish-for-sex phenomenon – In the shores of Lake Victoria in Kenya, mostly women, but also men, engage in sexual intercourse, most commonly unprotected sex, in exchange for fish that they later use as food or sell for money. This phenomenon has led to a continuous increase in new STD cases;
  • Married people – A study has shown that married people in Swaziland have a higher risk of getting infected with an STD as compared to single people. Researchers suggest that engaging in unprotected sex with a regular partner, or the spouse, in this case, may explain this risk factor.
  • People with a history of STD – A 2009 study has demonstrated how having a medical history that includes one or multiple STDs increases the risk of the infection reoccurring. The focus of the study were women with a past HIV infection who had an increased risk of chlamydial infection.

References

http://www.ijstr.org/final-print/jan2014/Chlamydia-Trachomatis-Prevalence-In-Ghana-A-Study-At-A-Municipal-District-In-Western-Ghana.pdfhttp:/www.ijstr.org/final-print/jan2014/Chlamydia-Trachomatis-Prevalence-In-Ghana-A-Study-At-A-Municipal-District-In-Western-Ghana.pdf

https://www.redelve.com/backend/images/article/1553841134.pdf

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1633656

https://www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-hiv-africa#fnref2

https://www.hindawi.com/journals/idog/2010/609315/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28108929

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5445272/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19265734

What Are the Most Common Complications of Untreated STDs?

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The task of motivating others to get properly tested and treated for existing STDs has proven to be quite the difficult one, over the past couple of years. This has proven to be an even greater problem when there are feelings of fear and shame involved, as it is the case with most individuals living in Africa. 

Lack of proper testing and treatment leads to a continuous increase in new STD cases. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), each year in Africa, there are around 3.5 million syphilis cases, 15 million chlamydia cases, and 16 million gonorrhea cases, among other common STDs. It is Sub-Saharan Africa that ranks first with the highest STI incidence compared to the rest of the world.

But it is not only the high number of cases that are worrying us. It is the high number of deaths that are causing by these very same STDs because of the lack of proper testing and treatment. That is why we thought about using something else as the number one motivational method today. Today, we will guide you through the potential complications of leaving an STD untreated – from the mildest ones to the most severe ones that will seriously harm you and the people around you.

The potential complications of leaving an STD untreated 

For you to better understand these complications, we will list the most common STDs and the complications that they could potentially lead to.

  • Chlamydia
    • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) – In women, untreated chlamydia can cause PID by spreading to the fallopian tubes and/or uterus. 10-15% of women with untreated chlamydia are diagnosed with PID;
    • Problems linked to pregnancy and birth – In pregnant women, untreated chlamydia has caused pre-term delivery, low birth weight, and pneumonia in the newborn;
    • Infertility – Infertility can occur in both men and women due to untreated chlamydia;
    • Infections – Untreated chlamydia can lead to infection of the testicles, urethra, and/or prostate gland.
  • HIV
    • AIDS – Without treatment, HIV can quickly progress to AIDS which is a life-threatening and deadly disease.
  • Syphilis
    • Damage to the internal organs – Leaving syphilis untreated can lead to damage to multiple body organs including the heart, blood vessels, eyes, bones, joints, liver, etc.;
    • Stroke;
    • Dementia;
    • Death.
  • Gonorrhea
    • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) – Like chlamydia, gonorrhea as well, if left untreated, can lead to PID;
    • Infertility;
    • Infections of the testicles, urethra, and/or prostate gland.
  • HPV (human papillomavirus)
    • Cancer – While not all strains of HPV lead to cancer, certain strains such as HPV 16 and HPV 18 have been identified as the cause of 70% of all cases of cervical cancer.

References

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6808548/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12348788

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20470050

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21538042

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3138448/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK534780/

https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/infectious-agents/hpv-fact-sheet

Why Is Important To Get Tested For STDs During Pregnancy?

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When it comes to the common STDs and the harmful complications that they could lead to, it seems that no one is spared. Adults, children, and even pregnant women and their babies in the womb can be affected by these dangerous diseases. This means only one thing – proper testing and treatment are crucial during pregnancy, especially for the STDs that can be easily passed to the little one in the womb. 

The importance of getting tested for STDs during pregnancy

An existing STD during the pregnancy period can cause serious complications for both the mother and the baby since many STDs can be easily passed to the fetus. That is why it is very important to get properly tested and treated in case of an existing STD. 

Luckily, the doctors have thought about everything and they have made STD testings a regular part of the prenatal visits for all pregnant women. Screenings for HIV, hepatitis B, chlamydia, and syphilis are done at the first prenatal visit. Gonorrhea and hepatitis C screenings are also recommended to be done throughout the pregnancy.

However, an STD can also develop after these screenings take place. That is why it is very important to consult your doctor if you suspect that you might have been infected with an STD. But many women feel ashamed and afraid to consult their doctors, which is the case in most African countries. 

That is also the cause why so many pregnant women have been affected by STDs in Africa as well. A 2018 study has shown a high prevalence of the common STDs, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, among pregnant women with the prevalence being 15%.

And this brings us to a very important topic – the use of portable STD test kits. The portable test kits can be ordered online, offered by Ghana Medicals. Delivered in complete anonymity, they contain everything that you need to take a sample and send it off to a laboratory that will deliver your results in only a few days. Then, you can discuss your results with your doctor in case they are positive.

Potential complications of leaving an STD untreated

We will now discuss the possible complications caused by the most common STDs with the hopes of raising awareness among all pregnant women. We hope that it is the fear of these complications instead of the fear of testing and treated an STD that you will feel and make you want to get protected and treated as soon as possible.

Syphilis and HIV can infect the baby while it is still inside the womb. On the other hand, chlamydia and genital herpes can be passed on the baby as it is being delivered through the infected birth canal. Here are the biggest concerns and risks to unborn babies due to untreated STDs.

References

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5857256/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6808548/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5967814/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6293753

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2039031

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/480010

Children as Victims of STDs in Africa

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Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) have caused us troubles for centuries now. From the time when they were first identified as a threat until now, we have seen STDs affecting millions of people around the world, causing some troubling symptoms and even more troubling and potentially life-threatening complications. 

But it seems that some groups of people living in certain parts of the world have it worse than others. A good example, as researchers suggest, are children living in Africa. It should not come as a surprise since we are very well aware of the majority of the STD-infected population living in Africa with that being most commonly women and children, including newborns that have been infected with a dangerous STD either during pregnancy or during birth due to the lack of proper testing and treatment did.

STD-infected children living in Africa

If you are wondering how many STD-infected children there are currently living in Africa, know that the majority of HIV-infected children, with that being 91%, are African children. In Africa, AIDS, caused by HIV, remains the leading cause of death in adolescents. AIDS is also the reason why there are so many orphaned children, such as Zimbabwe where approximately 74% and South Africa where 63% of the orphaned children have lost both of their parents due to HIV/AIDS.

Other commonly diagnosed STDs among children are herpes and chlamydia which, unlike HIV and syphilis can be passed during pregnancy, are transmitted during birth. Many children also lose their lives at birth because of these dangerous STDs. Stillbirth and miscarriage are two complications that we often see happening during pregnancy and birth because of untreated STDs.

Researchers working on a study published back in 2014 tried to identify the causes of the high STD prevalence in children and women living in Africa. The study listed the following reasons as to why there are so many STD-infected children, especially female children, that is, living in Africa.

  • Poverty;
  • Neglect;
  • Inequality.

Living in rural areas of Africa is one of the common risk factors. Practicing in unsafe sex is the main risk factor and method of transmission for STDs in both adults and children. Engaging in sex, unprotected sex, that is, from an early age also increases the risk for children to get infected with one, or often multiple STDs at a time. 

Children being forced to engage in sexual intercourse is not uncommon for these parts of the world as well, thus explaining the high number of STD cases. For children and adolescents, it is harder to identify the present symptoms and ask for help in time, which would also explain the continuous rise of new STD cases in Africa. 

The fact is that we have to do whatever we can to raise awareness and protect those who are unable to protect themselves. Regular screenings and proper treatment is the key for protecting the youngest that are not spared from the vicious symptoms and complications caused by STDs.

References

https://www.unicef.org/publications/files/UNICEF_Annual_Report_2015_En.pdf

https://www.who.int/woman_child_accountability/ierg/news/ierg_statement_AIDS_1_december_2014/en/

https://www.hindawi.com/journals/jstd/2014/671085/

Can You Get STD Without Sexual Intercourse?

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Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), as the term suggests, are diseases that are transmitted through having unprotected sexual intercourse. However, that is certainly not the only way of transmission that researchers have described over the years. In the following article, we will share the different transmission ways through which an STD could be transmitted that do not involve sexual intercourse – vaginal or anal.

5 Ways through which you can get an STD without sexual intercourse

  • Oral sex

Although oral sex is often not considered to be “actual” sex since it does not involve any penetration, it does represent a common way of transmission for many dangerous STDs since there is still an exchange of infected secretions. Oral sex can help spread STDs such as herpes, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and others. If there is a suspicion that you or your partner has an STD, do use a condom for any sexual contact – oral, anal, and vaginal as a primary way of protecting against unwanted pregnancy and STDs.

  • Kissing 

If you think of kissing as an innocent action, think again. We bet that you did not think of kissing as being one of the common transmission ways for many STDs such as herpes for example. When you come in contact with sores and you have even the slightest breaks in your skin on the lips through which infected secretions will be exchanged, the risk of getting herpes is quite high.

  • Sharing sheets and/or clothes

Sheets, towels, and clothes can be the place where viral infections are hiding, waiting to spread in yet another body. Such examples as pubic lice and the parasite that causes trichomoniasis. We highly recommend changing your sheets often and avoid sharing towels and clothes with people whose reproductive health you are not aware of. 

  • Pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding

Unfortunately, many STDs can be transmitted through pregnancy and childbirth from the infected mother to her little one. Chlamydia, gonorrhea, genital herpes, and cytomegalovirus can spread through delivery whereas syphilis and HIV can infect the fetus during pregnancy. Studies show that these types of transmissions are not uncommon at all with the prevalence being as high as 15% among pregnant women who are often affected by STDs such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. Breastfeeding is yet another common transmission path for most HIV. This is why proper STD screening is done as a part of the prenatal visits, but it is very important that the mother-to-be is aware of the dangers of STDs and take proper care of her reproductive health throughout the pregnancy and breastfeeding period.

  • Sharing a razor

Sharing razors, and any sharp objects that cut or pierce the skin and lead to an exchange of infected blood can lead to an STD transmission. This is one of the most common ways that HIV and hepatitis A, B, C, and D, happens without sexual intercourse. 

References

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9634339

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6715946/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5967814/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5885289/

Is Your Penis Healthy? These Tips Will Help You Make Sure It is!

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Today, we want to focus on the male body and talk about some penis health tips that will help any man concerned about the wellbeing of his penis keep it in top shape, while also ensuring he is able to perform like a “real man” during sex. 

1. Focus On Regular Physical Exercise

For any man looking for the answer to how to grow your penis size naturally, frequently participating in physical activity should be amongst the top solutions. Exercise is good for the human body – this is a fact that everyone should know by now. A sedentary lifestyle has many risks that it impairs on a man’s life, but regular exercise can beat these risks and even provide the man with several health benefits. Healthline explains that regular exercise helps you lose weight, building muscle, boost energy levels and even improve mental wellbeing. Additionally, physical exercise is also good for heart health and blood circulation. These elements are important for maintaining a working penis that is able to become erect, as well as for ensuring you are able to last long during sex without becoming too tired to go on. 

2. Eat A Healthy, Balanced Diet

To get a healthy penis that works well during sex, exercise should be a top priority, but so should a healthy and balanced diet be. What you eat on a daily basis has a significant impact on the wellbeing of your entire body – and not only does an unhealthy diet cause you to gain weight and feel sickly all the time, but it can also have detrimental effects on your penis. Ultimately, you should craft a diet that includes a combination of different foods to ensure you gain all the essential nutrients, and avoid consuming too much sugar, sodium and refined products, such as refined oils. Health.com reports that strawberries, avocados, almonds, sweet potatoes, sesame seeds, and watermelon as especially good for maintaining a healthy sex life. 

3. Do Your Daily Kegel Routine

Kegel exercises might, at first gland, seem like one of those unrealistic words that get picked up and suddenly explodes on the internet, but there is actually scientific evidence behind the effectiveness of these exercises for men. If you are looking for the answer to the age-old question how to make your penis strong and hard, then Kegels might be perfect for you. While originally created for women, Kegels have become very popular amongst men, especially for their effectiveness in improving the angle of an erection and, in some men, improving erectile strength. Medicine Net explains that these exercises also help men who experience the symptoms of certain sexual dysfunctions, such as premature ejaculation.

4. Have Sex, It’s Good For You!

To keep the penis healthy, a man should keep his penis happy. One of the primary uses for the penis is sex – and sex is actually really good for you. Apart from boosting your libido and helping you improve your abilities in the bedroom, WebMD explains that regular sex also counts as a form of exercise, assists with alleviating pain, maintains a strong immune system and also helps to reduce the risk of prostate cancer. Sex also helps to stimulate libido, which makes a man more likely to participate in more sex – yes, sex equals more sex. 

5. Watch Your Weight

Obesity is a growing concern for the entire world’s population. Currently, over a third of the adult population in just the United States are obese, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Obesity is known to greatly contribute to a number of deadly diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, gastrointestinal disorders, and even mental illnesses. Additionally, obesity also plays a big part in a man’s sexual health – both directly and indirectly through this serious health condition causes a man to experience. 

Can STD Cause a Man Not to Get Erection?

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Getting an erection can mean life and death to a man. When you cannot get your penile functions in order, other triggers set in your life, you may suffer low self-esteem and get a severe erectile dysfunction. Out of the several things that may cause erectile dysfunction, today, we will look at the effect of sexually transmitted diseases. Can a sexually transmitted disease cause a man not to get hard? We will endeavor to get to the bottom of it.

What is an erection?

It is the hardening of the penis when a man gets arousal ready for sex. It is sometimes known as getting hard. When a man gets arousal, the body pumps blood into the penile arteries. The blood inflates the penis and expands its size. In the process, the penile tissues become harder than usual to effect good penetration during intercourse. Apart from the blood, the prostate gland also aids in the sexual functions of a man. It helps control the ejaculation and control of the bladder during sex.

Sexually transmitted diseases

These are diseases that pass over from one person to another through sexual intercourse. They first manifest in and around the genitals. Later they may affect the other body organs depending on the type of bacteria or virus. The most common sexually transmitted diseases are viral and bacterial. They include human papillomavirus, HIV, herpes, and hepatitis. The bacterial infections are syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea. Whereas the viral infections attack the other body parts, the bacterial infections stay in the genitals. They tend to attack organs that aid the reproductive system of a man.

It is difficult to know if you have an infection until the clinical manifestations occur. The symptoms of most bacterial infections appear around the genitals. They include rashes, penile discharge, painful urinating, and blockage of the scrotum passages. It usually takes about four days for the initial signs to appear. By this time, the damage of the organs is already ongoing. With a proper diagnosis, the infections can be reversed completely.

Erectile dysfunction

If you do not get a quick diagnosis and treatment, the damage can be severe. Since the symptoms become evident after days, the organs usually suffer damage without your knowledge. Thus get proper treatment from a doctor. After the treatment, go back for checkups to confirm that all the organs are in order. If the confirmation comes early enough, the reproductive organs will be safe from damage. 

Sexually transmitted diseases and the prostate

The prostate gland is responsible for some functions of the penis during the process of sexual arousal. When you get a sexually transmitted bacterial disease, the infection can get to the prostate. In fact, the bacteria gain access to the prostate through the bloodstream. As the prostate gland becomes weaker, so does your reproductive system. The prevalent sexual infections that damage the prostate are chlamydia and gonorrhea.

With a defective prostate, you will gradually decrease your erection strength. Infections in the urinary tract and blockages in the scrotum may lead to painful erections. It, in turn, inhibits your urge for sex. Physically, you will be getting less and less stronger erections until the body loses its sex drive. It is good that once you get a sexually transmitted disease infection, see a doctor immediately. Discuss with your doctor the implications of the secondary infections to other body organs. If possible, get the medication of the secondary infections. 

Remedies for sexually transmitted disease erectile dysfunction

When you do not get an erection due to a sexually transmitted disease, you need to see a doctor. The apparent concern should be secondary damage affecting your penile functions. The doctor should be able to diagnose if the damage is curable through simple medication or surgery. Whichever the case, discuss all the repercussions with your doctor. When the urologist discovers the root cause, the treatment should start immediately. The longer you stay with your problem, the more damage happens to your sexual organs.

Another avenue to address the lack of getting hard after a sexual infection is talking to your partner. Most likely, your partner harbors a concern about your condition. Since men do not like to talk about it, women also tend not to hurt the masculine ego. Initiating a dialogue will help you get better psychologically. 

It is almost a taboo to talk about having a sexually transmitted infection. The silence gives room for the victim to continue suffering without medication. People opt for over the counter self-medication. That may treat the symptoms but leave any other underlying secondary infections. Indeed, a sexually transmitted disease can cause you not to get Erection. But with proper medical attention, you can get out of the erectile dysfunction.

References

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322048

https://www.healthline.com/health/erectile-dysfunction/can-chlamydia-cause-erectile-dysfunction