Youth Factory: STD's

Questions that teens have, that aren't always answered

What is an STD?

STD stands for: Sexually Transmitted Disease. These are also often referred to as STI's or Sexually Transmitted Infection. STD's can be both curable, and incurable depending on how long you wait to get checked out or depending on if it is Viral, Bacterial, or Parasitic.

How Can I Get an STD?

With some it only passes through sexual intercourse, but you can also easily obtain one by simply touching someone, or an exchange of bodily fluids of any kind such as saliva, semen, or blood is entered into your body. Some are even given from the parents and during pregnancy while developing, while breastfeeding, or sharing needles.

Are STD's Dangerous?

The most dangerous type of STD is a viral STD which are most commonly incurable as of right now. Most others which are bacterial and parasitic can be treated until gone or minimal difficulties result. Bacterial STD's can become dangerous if not seen or treated early enough, and can be deadly in some cases.

Aren't I Protected if I use a condom?

The only contraceptive method that prevents STD's are condoms, both male and female. This isn't always helpful however, as condoms can easily come with defects, and many do. Not to mention that the STD can still be transferred orally, or through other bodily fluids entering your body anywhere.

I'm not really at risk for STD's am I?

Everyone has a chance on getting an STD. Some are as simple as herpes which are passed on through kissing and can even be given from parent to child. Young adults and teens are also the most at risk for getting STD's because of how often sexual intercourse may occur and the partner not warning the other about the disease that they have or may not know they have.

What do I do if I suspect I have an STD?

Go see a doctor right away. Yes, it may feel embarrassing but doctors deal with these situations and won't judge you or criticize you based on the outcome. If anything they will respect your worry and responsibility to seek medical help. If you are too embarrassed to see a doctor, go to your partner and in some states if the partner goes to get pills to help treat the STD, they can get pills for their partner as well with no questions asked or any indications given as to who it was or if they have it or not. Better to be safe than sorry.

Overview

STD's CAN be dangerous, but be sure to get checked by a medical professional out if any symptoms seem to come up or if you seem unusual, but remember, one of the most common symptoms is no symptoms at all. Teens can be at a great risk for these since many teens who have STD's don't realize they have them so the transfer can be greater. To sum it up for now, be careful, make sure to always wear a condom, abstain from sexual intercourse all together, and check with your partner if they know they have an STD or not.