Are STIs still a risk in faithful relationships?
Are Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) still a risk in faithful relationships? The short answer is yes. It’s great that you and your partner are in a faithful relationship, Choma, but unfortunately, STIs are still a reality.
Being in a faithful relationship does not guarantee that you can’t be affected by STIs. That’s why it’s important to be smart about your sexual health, no matter what your relationship status is.
We don’t have any symptoms so we’re fine!
You may think that you and your partner don’t have any STIs because you don’t show any symptoms, but it’s not always that simple. Some STIs may exist in your body and exist for months or even years before they begin to show symptoms.
For example, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) doesn’t show symptoms for years in most people. Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea are other examples of STIs which do not show symptoms for a while, and even when they do the symptoms are often mistaken for something else, such as a yeast infection.
Have a look below at some of the time it takes before some STIs start to show symptoms:
Image source: https://www.verywell.com/how-long-before-std-symptoms-appear-3133026
To understand more about these STIs, check out this article on STIs you may have without knowing it.My partner is fine, so I should be too - right?
Another reason why it’s so important to get tested regularly with your partner is because many STIs affect and present themselves differently in girls than in guys. For example, Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the main cause of cervical cancer in women but does not affect men the same way.
We don’t want to get tested or think about STIs
Choma, it’s very important for you and you partner to know about your own, as well as each other’s, sexual health. However, there’s nothing to be afraid of or panic about. The best way for you to deal with a potential STI is to know what it is. If you find out your partner has an STI, read this article for more information on how to deal with it.
It is very important for both of you to get tested for STIs before you get intimate and from then on, go for regular testing every few months. And remember that your partner should respect you wanting to be safe, Choma. Be sure to always use a condom, no matter what.
Remember, if you or a friend need advice or help, you can contact me here on Ask Choma, send me a Facebook Message, a Twitter DM, or a WhatsApp Message (071 172 3657).
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