What are STDs?
Sexually Transmitted Diseases are infection you get by having sex with a person who is infected. Some of these can be cured, others can’t like AIDS. The most common STDs in Jamaica are :
How do you get them?
You get STD’s by having unprotected vaginal, anal or oral arc with an infected person. STDs can spread from woman to man and man to woman as well as from man to man and woman to woman. You can get an STD more than once. You can have more than one STD at a time changes in the discharges from the vagina or penis. Other signs to look out for are; burning when urinating, unusual sores and itchy around the sex organs. Unexpected rash on skin or swollen glands in the groin areas. Remember the same behavior that give you STDs are the same behaviors that give you HIV-for which there is no known cure.
A person who has Herpes or Syphilis can get HIV easier because HIV enters the body through breaks in the skin. If you have been infected with Herpes it Syphilis, then go to your doctor or STD clinic as soon as possible for diagnosis and treatment. You should take all the medication exactly as the doctor recommends.
What behaviors put you at risk?
You are a risk of contracting HIV if you have vaginal, anal or oral sex without a condom with an infected person. If you have more than one sex partner, or a new partner, use a condom each time you have sex. If you or your partner and or friends do drugs and share drug needles, you would also be at risk.
- Every STD infection you get increases your chance of getting HIV.
- You must use a condom every time in every sexual act.
- Call the AIDS/STD Helpline