HEALTH TIPS FOR THE DAY: How to avoid sexually transmitted diseases (stds) during this festive season

Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Sexually Transmitted Diseases


1. Be aware of the diseases

2. Abstinence

3. Fidelity

4. Use of Condom

5. Respond immediately to disease suspicion.

6.  Inform your partner of condition


The tendency to be careless is quite high during festive period.  Several parties are organized during this period and after consumption of alcohol, people tend to loosen up, the urge to have sex tends to increase and people are less careful.

 The likelihood of casual sex is quite high during festive periods.

The common sexually transmitted diseases include gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes genitalis/ sores in the private parts, trichomoniasis, candidiasis, HIV/AIDS, pubic lice infestation and human papilloma virus infection/genital warts.

The health tips of today are meant to remind ourselves of how to prevent us from contracting sexually transmitted diseases THROUGH CASUAL SEX during this season.

1. Be-aware of the diseases

One way to prevent a disease is to be aware of the disease, know what causes the disease, how it spreads and how you can be at risk of getting the disease. All you need is the elementary information, especially what puts you at risk and how to reduce or avoid the risk.

2. Abstinence.

The best way to avoid sexually transmitted disease is to abstain from sex. Now, this may not be easy for a young person with very “ hot” blood; but surviving in this difficult world of today requires self- discipline.

Engaging in sex very early in life is very unnecessary, if one is lucky you can have almost fifty years of very active sex life, why the hurry then? 

3. Fidelity.

The tendency to have casual sex during festive periods is very high and that increases the risk of contracting sexually transmitted disease; ditto when you have sex with several partners during the same period. The young can have sex with several persons on the same day; the more people you have sex with, the higher the risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). 

4. Use of Condom

If you must engage in casual sex, then use a condom. Learn how to use a condom properly and you must use a condom more than once; for each act, a fresh condom must be used.

 5. Respond immediately to disease suspicion.

Immediate response to disease suspicion by seeking medical advice is one way of preventing STDs. If you feel any irritation when passing urine or any painful swelling in your groin, see the doctor. Ditto if you notice any blisters in your private part. This is secondary prevention.

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