STIQ Day to Promote Good Sexual Health

National STIQ day is held just two weeks after the start of the new year and for good reason! It is the best time for everyone to question their sexual health and if it is time for their next testing. This day in the UK is used as an important day for health professionals to promote the need for everyone to have sexual health testing.*

Start your year off in the best way possible and use National STIQ day as an opportunity to focus on building a safer and healthier sexual life for yourself and your partners. Learning about STI's is the first step in ensuring that you never get one of these infections. Learning about getting yourself tested and being healthy is the next step in making sure that should you contract an STI, you know how to get treated and where. Making yourself more aware of STIQ day and what it stands for can make sure that you stay healthy and keep those around you healthy!

How much do you actually know about your sexual health?

Sexually transmitted infections can be passed from person to person through unprotected sex or even through genital contact. Some STI's are very common, while others are far less common and more difficult to diagnose. A great resource to use to help you learn more about your own sexual health can be found at thesticlinic.com. There are ways to prevent yourself from ever contracting an STI and it is important to be aware of your sexual health and how you can improve it to prevent yourself from ever contracting or passing on an STI.

So, what are the different kinds of STI's?

STIQ Day is a day that highlights each individual's sexual health and the potential for them to develop STI's if they are not careful. A sexual behaviour study can outline exactly what kind of STI's are prevalent in the current population and how likely you are to contract one of them if you do not follow precautions. Some of the most common STI's are as follows:

-Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea

-Genital Herpes

-Pubic Lice

-Hepatitis

-Syphilis

-HIV and Aids

It is important to remember that through precautions, all of the above STI's can be prevented. Knowing what kinds of STI's are out there is the first step in preventing yourself from contracting one of these infections. Some of these conditions are far more prevalent and common than others, while certain infections, like hepatitis, have several different strains that can be contracted.*

What is treatment for STI's?

It is most important to focus on preventing yourself from contracting any type of STI. There are currently several ways to safeguard yourself from ever contracting a new infection or condition. The first of these is to make sure that you are always practicing safe sex, especially when engaging in sexual activity with a new partner. The easiest method for practicing sex safe is to just use condoms whenever engaging in sexual activity, but most importantly when with a new partner. Condom use is suggested with any sexual contact, not just actual intercourse. They can help decrease the chance of contracting an STI when used during oral sex as well.*

The next step in treatment for STI's is to ensure that you are getting tested regularly. If you are sexually active, you need to be tested regularly! You are not just taking a risk with your own health when not being tested, but you could also be putting those who come in contact with you in the future at risk as well.  These regular checks are extremely important because several STI's are not detected by the person infected. In fact, you may feel no symptoms at all but could be carrying a number of different STI's. Seventy percent of women and 50% of men who have Chlamydia, currently the most common STI in the UK, have no symptoms at all.*

Getting a sexual health test can be simple, quick, and painless and can truly give you peace of mind and prevent you from potentially spreading any infections to your current or future partners.  Once tested, your doctor may be able to prescribe the necessary medicine for whatever STI you may have. However, you may find that you are not infected with any STIs, which would give you he opportunity to move toward safer sexual life in the future.*

patient.co.uk has more information on tests available, as well as treatment options should you be diagnosed with an STI. Most commons STI's are very easily treated but Gonorrhoea is now developing an antibiotic resistance but thankfully most cases respond to treatment.

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