Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Day: Stay away from sexually transmitted infections S

Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Day 2017

Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Day is an annual event held on February 12. This day basically is a chance to create awareness about sexual and reproductive health issues and to educate people on how to reduce the transmission of sexually transmitted infections. Providentially, sexually transmitted infections can be treated but the issue is many people don’t realise they have it. It’s often late when they do. SO it becomes imminent to learn about the signs and symptoms of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

We all are aware of HIV and AIDS, but common STIs such as chlamydia, crab lice, genital warts, gonorrhoea, genital herpes, syphilis and trichomoniasis can be equally dangerous. A sexually transmitted infection is an infection that can be spread through sexual contact. It is not restricted to age, sexual orientation and hygiene of the person.

STIs can spread through multi forms of sex and the germs may live in the blood, semen, vaginal fluids, bumps and sores. Genital skin-to-skin contact can transmit the infection.

Symptoms of sexually transmitted infections

  • An urge to urinate frequently or feeling a burning sensation while urinating
  • Blisters or sores around the genital area
  • Persistent itching in the penis, vagina or anal areas
  • Unusual discharge from the vagina or penis
  • Abdominal pain
  • Testicular pain
  • Bleeding after intercourse
  • Pain during the intercourse

It’s imperative for you to visit your nearby physician or a sexual health clinic.

Objective of Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Day

The sole aim of sexual and reproductive health awareness day is to educate the masses about common sexual and reproductive health problems and how not to be a victim of sexually transmitted infections. The day is also observed to inform people that it is very important to get tested and receive the right treatment if they suspect that they have an STI.

People are not aware about their sexual health issues and usually don’t discuss them. That’s the main reason why the infection which can be treated easily gets time to spread. Once you already have an STI, you need immediate treatment. If you suspect that you have an STI, you need to consult your physician immediately to get a diagnosis and the proper treatment.

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