How to avoid contracting sexually transmitted diseases (STDs):
Although it would seem quite obvious that unprotected sex is similar to playing Russian roulette, it still occurs that partners do not wish to upset their partner by protecting themselves in this way. Even though your prospective sex partner might be extremely conservative in their sexual habits, one time with an infected partner, whether promiscuous or not, could affect you and your proposed sexual companion. There are so many diverse sexually transmitted diseases rampant right now, that anything other than using protection, and mutually agreeing on being tested prior to foregoing such protection is irresponsible to your own health.
Furthermore, Dr. Robert Jacobs, MD, has done an extensive study after encountering Chlamydia trachomatis in children that had not had any sexual contact, and whose parents did not have chlamydia, as to just how it can be transmitted from person to person. It is postulated in his groundbreaking research that Chlamydia can occur from contact with hands infected with the bacteria, perhaps even from sweat – eye infections are common from unwashed hands, especially in underdeveloped and poverty-stricken areas such as Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Infection typically does not occur through contact with toilet seats, towels, bedding or swimwear, or from going to a sauna or a swimming pool.
To prevent contracting Chlamydia trachomatis from an infected person:
- Avoid unprotected oral, anal or genital contact; most people have mild or no initial symptoms, so may not be aware that they are infected.
- Clean toilet surfaces being used by others regularly.
- Make absolutely sure that any public toilet seat is covered with toilet paper or a toilet seat cover. Use toilet paper to cover the handle when flushing and immediately wash your hands. Please be aware that the inside of the toilet seat cover is often one of the most contaminated areas, but often overlooked. This is due to the flushing of the toilet spraying on the inside of the lid which creates an invisible coating of bacteria. Avoid leaning back on the toilet seat of any toilet, whether public or private.
- Wash hands often, particularly if you are in a situation of close personal contact such as hugging, shaking hands, etc – wherever you might come into contact with the body fluids of others.
Establishing responsible health habits as part of your daily life is sensible. There is no need to become fanatical, but incorporating health habits for yourself and teaching them to your children and others, could save a lot of problems down the road.
Q. When should I consult a medical doctor for a sexually transmitted condition?
A. The medical profession is often underestimated when it comes to treating acute problems. It is best to see a doctor the minute that you suspect that you have contracted a sexually transmitted disease. The worst that can happen is that you don’t have one, and therefore have peace of mind – yeast and bladder infections can sometimes be confused with similar symptoms.
STDs such as chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis are bacterial infections that can be successfully treated with antibiotics; the sooner treatment is sought, the better. If left untreated, there is an increased risk of developing permanent damage to the reproductive organs, including infertility or sterility in males and females. There are also increased chances of acquiring or transmitting of HIV – the virus that causes AIDS.
The time to see a physician would be:
- When you have just recently had a new sexual partner and symptoms arise soon thereafter.
- When you have a discharge – some sexually transmitted diseases produce a discharge with a foul odor, some produce a different smell in the urine, some create an abnormal, clear discharge, rash or skin lesion. Whether or not discharges have an odor can depend on the severity of the condition – this is something that should be dealt with earlier rather than later.
- When there is burning with urination, inflammation, burning, itching, and/or pressure in the genitals, especially when the previous two symptoms are present.
Be aware that some sexually transmitted diseases, such as syphilis, can cause very severe disruptions in the body including blindness, skin lesions and infections, paralysis, loss of mental capacities (dementia) and eventually can lead to death. Gonorrhea left unchecked can also be very problematic; drug-resistant strains are increasing and successful treatment is becoming more difficult. Herpes may not manifest immediately but could raise its head later, as could infection with AIDS/HIV.
Lightworkers often seem to think that they are immune from contracting a sexually transmitted disease. The fact is, that their heightened perception and consciousness could make them more susceptible. Sexually transmitted diseases are the result of sexuality coupled with guilt. This normally arises when lust is the dictating factor and the high perceptions of a conscious journey are used to justify the lustful desires. Whenever we go against our highest better judgment, we can be at risk during unprotected sex for contracting any of the diseases mentioned. The more perception one has, the harder one falls when their actions are contrary to their highest knowledge.