STDs that can destroy a happy home and possible remed
STDs have continued to put the human existence to its possible risk, danger and caution. However, the rate at which they are fast spreading into the inner most part of human existence has left a lot of questions unanswered, ranging from:
- Can the battle against stds be warn?
- Has the battle degenerated to war?
- Is the human race losing out at a rapid pace?
- Is std treatment getting effective?
- When do symptoms of stds start?
- Can std be cured and many more?
On a lighter note,
STDs – Sexually Transmitted Diseases
What is STDs?
This is an acronym that refers to “sexually transmitted diseases,” they are sex based diseases that have been found to endanger the history and possible existence of man.
A few of these diseases are:
- Pubic ice
- Genital warts
Brief history of sexually transmitted diseases
(STDs) have been known to mankind for centuries. Before the advent of modern medicine, people’s lack of awareness and understanding of STDs contributed to the widespread transmission of the infections while few or no treatments were available to treat the conditions.
In medieval times, syphilis and gonorrhea were two of the most prevalent STDs in Europe. One theory suggest that syphilis was spread by crew members who picked up the disease on the voyages led by Christopher Columbus. They are thought to have contracted syphilis while in the Americas and to have then spread it on their return when docking at ports in Europe. Sailors are also thought to be responsible for the spread of gonorrhea from Tahiti to New Zealand during the Cook voyages.
Some STDs can have severe, life-changing consequences; syphilis, for example, can eventually cause progressive destruction of the brain and spinal cord, leading to mental dysfunction and hallucinations, speech problems and general paresis.
Treatment over the centuries
In the 18th and 19th centuries, mercury, arsenic and sulphur were commonly used to treat venereal disease, which often resulted in serious side effects and many people died of mercury poisoning. The first known effective treatment for syphilis called salvarsan or arsphenamine was introduced in 1910.
In the 20th Century, the advent of penicillin and other antibiotics led to an effective cure of bacterial STDs. This led to the public perceiving the illnesses as less of a threat and promiscuous conduct continued. In the late 20th century, the transmission of viral STDs such as HIV and herpes arose, infections that are not curable and in some cases may be fatal.
Hospital treatment of venereal diseases
Due to the stigma attached to STDs, people would often hesitate to seek help when the disease was in its initial stages, while continuing to transmit the infection to unsuspecting sexual partners. In 1746, at the London Lock Hospital, the first treatment for venereal disease was made available for those who sought help.
In the second half of the 19th century, the Contagious Diseases Act was passed in order to arrest and treat suspected prostitutes.
Stds – Help stop it today
Tracing sexual partners with STDs
It was in the late 19th and early 20th century that the importance of tracing the sexual partners of a person infected with an STD was recognized. Soon, sexual health clinics were set up to identify and treat individuals with STDs and their partners, to prevent spread in the general population.
Another major problem that arose was an increase in adolescent sexual activity in the mid 20th Century. This led to widespread infection among younger age groups and also changed the way healthcare policy makers tried to raise awareness through campaigns.
There have been three identified causes of stds, they include:
- Bacteria like Chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis
- Viruses like HIV/AIDS, herpes simplex virus, human papillomavirus, hepatitis B virus, cytomegalovirus (CMV), and Zika
- Parasites like trichomonasvaginalis, or insects such as crab lice or scabies mites.
Chlamydia – Many people who have this disease hardly develop symptoms, they however can infect others during sexual contact. Symptoms may include genital pain and discharge from the vagina or penis.
Pain can occur during urination, in the eyes, lower abdomen, pelvis, testicles or vagina.
Abnormal vaginal discharge or discharge from penis.
Gonorrhea – It involves painful urination and abnormal discharge from the penis or vagina. Men may experience testicular pain while women may experience pain in the lower stomach.
Pain may occur during sexual intercourse, fever, frequent urge to urinate, irregular mensuration, pus or sore throat.
Syphilis–The first stage involves a painless sore on the genitals, rectum or mouth. After the initial sore heals, the second phase is characterized by a rash, then there wouldn’t be symptoms till the final phase which may occur years later, this stage could come a long with damage to the brain, nerves, eyes or heart.
HIV/AIDS–with a few weeks of HIV infection, flu-like symptoms such as fever. Sore throat and fatigue can occur. Then the disease is normally asymptomatic until it progresses to AIDS. AIDS symptoms include weight loss, fever or night sweets, fatigue and recurrent infections.
How then can stds destroy a happy home
Going by the subject of this discussion, a happy marriage is that which the man and the woman are living and filling fulfilled along each other.
A marriage is said to be a happy one if the couples are fund of each other, see themselves as best friends, tolerates individual weaknesses while they help each other to work on personal weaknesses to become a better person within their specified standard.
Couples who have a happy marriage do not quarrel or insult each other in the public, when they have a reason to disagree, it’s best done within the limits of their drawn curtains, they have the ability apologize for wrong doings without staying apart for a long time.
Sadly enough, sexually transmitted diseases can put an end to such marriage, how?
Let me paint a scenario:
A couple once got married after a few familiarities of dating then marriage was consolidated properly.
It happens that the man is a HIV/AIDS patient, during their lab test and possible diagnosis as it’s customary of the marriage courses, the man went ahead to bribe his way, and was issued a certified medical fitness result void of any kind of sexually transmitted disease.
Boom, the marriage was consolidated, they lived happily as expected by their families, after several months of marriage, while the woman was about to put to bed, she was diagnosed and tested HIV positive.
She almost loss her life at this development, after delivery she tries to enquire from her husband why and how possibly she turns out with such result, she accused him directly, the man then opens up as to what transpired before their marriage.
Cooking up stories like how he just loves her so much that he couldn’t think of losing her to another man despite knowing his health status.Lamented how he contacted the disease from his ex.
It’s however too late to cry, what happened to this marriage, the woman simply could not bear the pains and filed for divorce immediately.
She got the man arrested and the marriage was history. It was all but a complicated scenario of events.
They lost everything, it was such a futile union without a happy ending.
This is how much stds can ruin a marriage.
It’s advisable that when people have such health challenges, they ought to bring them up for possible deliberations and the way forward than ruining another man’s life on the alter of being selfish.
How to prevent stds
As difficult as it sounds, one can still prevent his/herself from contacting such diseases in the following ways:
- Avoid multiple sex partners – This is the most prevalent and proactive measure. People have too many sex partners. They end up having sexual intercourse, as if that is not enough, they as well throw caution to the wind, know your sex partners health challenges and status.
- Avoid unprotected sex, of what benefit is it to have fun and thereafter leave with stigma and regrets, does it worth the stress, it simply doesn’t.
- Avoid transfusion of infected blood during and after emergency.
- Guard your sharp objects like razors, knives and clippers jealously.
- Always know your health status.
- Avoid having sex with strangers, most young ladies are guilty of this, it has a detrimental end.
Can stds be cured/remedy?
Most STDs are curable through the use of antibiotics or antiviral medications. However, there are still four incurable STDs:
Even though these infections can’t be cured, they can be managed with treatment and medication.
Hepatitis B is one of the leading causes of liver cancer. Babies usually receive a vaccine against this infection at birth, but many adults born before 1991 may not have received the vaccine.
Most cases of hepatitis B don’t cause symptoms and most adults can fight the infection on their own. If you have hepatitis B, your best option is to speak to your doctor about checking your liver and your medication options to lessen symptoms. Immune system modulators and antiviral medications can help slow the virus’s damage to your liver.
Herpes is one of two chronic viral STDs. Herpes is very common — over 500 million people are estimated to have herpes worldwide.
Herpes is spread through skin-to-skin contact. Many people with herpes may not know they have it because they show no symptoms. However, when there are symptoms, they come in the form of painful soresaround the genitals or anus.
Luckily, herpes is very treatable with antiviral medications that reduce outbreaks and the risk for transmission. If you have herpes and are showing symptoms, talk with your doctor about the right antiviral medications for you.
HIV is the other chronic viral STD. Thanks to modern medicine, many people with HIV can live long, healthy lives with practically no risk of infecting others through sex.
The main treatment for HIV is called antiretroviral therapy. These drugs reduce the amount of HIV in the blood to undetectable levels.
Human papillomavirus is extremely common. About 9 out of 10 sexually active people will contract HPV. About 90 percent of these infections go away within two years of detection. However, HPV is still incurable and, in some cases, it can lead to:
genitalwartscervical canceroral cancer
Many children are vaccinated to protect against different forms of HPV. Pap smears for womencheck for HPV once every few years. Genital warts can be removed with creams, liquid nitrogen, acid, or minor surgery.
Contracting an STD, even an incurable one, can be manageable. Many are treatable, even curable, through antibiotics or antiviral medications, and some STDs clear up on their own.
With most STDs, you may not show any signs or symptoms. For this reason, it’s very important to get tested for STDs on a regular basis for your own safety, the safety of your partner(s), and general public health.
The best treatment for STDs will always be prevention. If you have an STD or think you might have one, speak with your doctor to discuss your options.
Stds have come to stay, how are you ensuring you keep fit and safe away from these diseases, they can only destroy happy homes and marriages when not managed well, you can carve the future you deserve for your family by playing an active role both before and after contacting any eventually, however, the world keep battling sexually transmitted diseases, is she going to win the war, that is left to be seen, for the now the battle continues.