If it ain’t broke don’t fix it right? Wrong. It’s easy for men to become complacent about sexually transmitted diseases when you’ve had a clean run for years.
Unfortunately giving the old pecker a decent scrub in the shower just doesn’t cut it anymore (not that we’re suggesting any sort of cutting near nether regions). What we are suggesting though is taking the risk of sexually transmitted diseases seriously.
With the help of Dr. Stephen Massey of Bondi Doctors, we’re revealing the dangers of what can happen when youdon’ttreat sexually transmitted diseases.
What is it:One of the most common STDs that affect men is herpes (types: HSV-1 and HSV-2). It’s a painful infection of the genitals that’s commonly spread through vaginal, anal or oral sex.
Whilst it can’t be cured once contracted, there are effective treatments that can control it.
If you ignore it: “If you don’t go on meds to control it then the infection can keep recurring,” says Dr. Massey.
“You’re affected by recurring painful rashes and perhaps even more important is the greater chance of spreading it onto partners.”
“Thats’ the real value of getting herpes checked out – so we can get you on tablets as soon as possible.”
The need to control the spread of the virus comes from the fact that it’s so prevalent in today’s society.
Gonorrhoea & Chlamydia
What is it: We often talk about these two STDs in the same sentence because they both cause urethritis in men – that means inflammation of the urethra and penis with symptoms like penile discharge and pain. The latter is more typical with gonorrhoea.
If you ignore Chlamydia:“Lots of chlamydia cases don’t have symptoms,” says Dr. Massey.
“Up to 70% of men have no symptoms at all. This in itself highlights the value of getting sexual health checks done even if you don’t have any symptoms and especially if you’re having casual partners or unprotected sex.”
If left untreated, chlamydia can lead to a condition called Epididymo-orchitis. This affects men’s testicles by causing them to be inflamed to a painful state. And whilst the condition can be treated, experts still haven’t ruled whether it can impact fertility.
“That’s the concern,” says Dr. Massey. “Any infection of the testicle makes theoretically sense that that it could reduce fertility.”
Those infected with Chlamydia can have it for months even years without even knowing. “You certainly can’t rely on symptoms to diagnose Chlamydia,” says Dr. Massey.
“It’s probably worth mentioning gay men can get these infections anally or in the throat too.”
If you ignore Gonorrhoea:
Untreated Gonorrhoea is no better either. Over time Gonorrhoea can spread to other parts of the body like it in the joints where it can cause arthritis. If it gets into the blood stream this can cause Septicemia or blood poisoning.
“That’s a severe bacterial infection,” says Dr. Massey.
“Gonorrhoea would usually have symptoms so people will present with a discharge and pain, so it’s very unlikely to have it and not know about it.”
Gonorrhoea symptoms begin to show usually within days.
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