SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASE IN TEENS-MYTHS AND FACTS

SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASE IN TEENS-MYTHS AND FACTS

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While we talk about the sexually transmitted disease, everyone knows how dangerous diseases they are, yet nobody is open to discussing them. Due to this, a lot of wrong information about sexual health and sexual health infection is circulated in the society.

There are a number of STD diseases that teens can be infected with. These include:

  • Gonorrhea— A common sexually transmitted bacterial infection.
  • Hepatitis B— A viral disease that kills liver cells and replaces them with scar tissue.
  • Syphilis— Infections caused by this spiral-shaped bacterium
  • Genital Warts— Growths on the skin of the genital area and around the anus.
  • Chlamydia— A highly contagious bacterial infection, Chlamydia is the most common STI
  • HIV— HIV, which short for Human Immunodeficiency Virus, causes AIDS.

There a lot of myths as well that becomes a source of information for many. We will try to clear about some in this article.

1)      Sexually transmitted disease can spread through body piercing or tattoo: No, HIV can only spread through body piercing or tattoo, if, the same needle is being used again and again or the needle is not sterilized. The probability of this happening is in the only case if the blood of the infected person got stuck on one needle and the same needle was used for piercing for another person.

2)      HIV can spread from people who are roaming around you: No, HIV cannot spread through shaking hands, or from their tears or their sweat. Also, it cannot spread by kissing or hugging a person who is HIV infected or sharing the same utensils used by them. All these are pure myths.

3)      HIV can spread from mosquitos: No, HIV cannot spread via mosquito bite. If any disease has to happen from mosquitos, the associated virus needs to get injected into the host’s blood at sufficient levels. HIV circulation in human blood is at a far lower level than what would be needed to create a new infection. It would take 10 million mosquitos bites to transmit one unit of HIV.

4)      A person receiving HIV treatment cannot spread HIV: This is a myth since. Even when the person is taking HIV treatment, only the level of level of the virus becomes low and the person is not fully free from virus. So there are chances that other people getting infected if precautions are not taken.

5)      There is no risk of HIV from oral sex: It is true to some extent that oral sex is less risky but you can get infected if the other person is HIV positive.

6)      HIV means death: No. Due to the advancement in the science and technology, patients who are diagnosed are able to live life longer than they previously did and are even capable of having children that are HIV-negative.

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