What is Venereal Disease?
A venereal disease is any disease that can be transmitted through sexual contact. These ailments come in a number of forms. Many of them are dermatological in nature, primarily coming with dermatological conditions. A number of them resemble other skin ailments, such as herpes, which is roughly the same as the common chicken pox so many suffer from in their childhoods.
Venereal diseases come in many forms, but they are all humiliating. Many do not wish to address them with their doctors, or other medical professionals for this reason.
Who gets Venereal Disease?
Venereal diseases are most likely to afflict those that are promiscuous and do not practice safe sex. Individuals that only engage in monogamous intercourse are not likely to contract venereal diseases so long as their partner remains monogamous. Individuals with multiple sexual partners can keep themselves safe, but again, if they do not practice safe sex with proper protection, they may contract a venereal disease.
Men and women are equally likely to suffer from venereal diseases. Contrary to popular belief, homosexual couples are not more likely to contract venereal diseases (although statistics indicate that more homosexual individuals do suffer from venereal diseases; they are more likely to have been infected, but not more likely to become infected). Individuals of all races are equally likely to contract venereal diseases. Some individuals may have superior immunity to venereal diseases due to a stronger immune system. However, this is not attached to any particular demographic.
What causes Venereal Disease?
Venereal diseases are caused by the spread of infection through sexual intercourse and other forms of fluid contact. Breastfed children and individuals that share unsterilized needles may also contract venereal diseases even without sexual contact.
There are a number of urban myths about how venereal diseases may be transmitted to individuals that are ‘innocent’ of any particular activity, such as unprotected sex or the sharing of needles. These are just that, however: urban myths. The most pervasive myth is that toilet seats can sustain various bacteria and viruses that can cause venereal diseases. The truth of the matter is that the air surrounding the toilet seat will destroy such pathogens immediately, but rumors are rumors. Rumors also abound with respect to transfusions, and there are claims that the blood given during them may not always be ‘clean’. In truth, blood banks screen their donors very carefully.
Some individuals contract venereal ailments through their occupation. It is not unheard of for nurses to inadvertently contract various venereal diseases through blood contact with patients.
What does Venereal Disease cause?
Venereal diseases can cause a wide variety of symptoms. The common thread they all share is primarily psychological. It can be very demoralizing to find oneself in possession of a venereal disease for a host of reasons. The first is that it limits the potentiality of sexual contact. Even individuals that would otherwise be having sexual intercourse frequently become cut off from any chance of such things (if they are honest with their partners—as they should be). This distresses some more than others, but those that care tend to care strongly. Secondly, and arguably more severe, is the trust that a venereal disease can disrupt.
Individuals who are committed to a dedicated monogamous relationship who find that they are suffering from a venereal disease must assume that their partner has cheated on them without their knowledge. This can obliterate years of otherwise unmarred trust in a single fell swoop. The dual shock of suddenly contracting an unexpected ailment with realizing that one’s partner has been cheating on them is exceptionally difficult to process emotionally.
Beyond the psychological elements, anything that a venereal disease might cause is isolated to each individual ailment.
How serious is Venereal Disease?
Venereal diseases are frequently very serious. Their infectious natures lend them to fast and rapid spread among those vulnerable to them, as many do not present with tangible symptoms immediately. Consequently, many who do not know that they are infected will go on to spread the natal virus or bacterial infection to many others before their own symptoms come to the fore.
The symptoms of venereal diseases can be quite severe. This obviously varies from illness to illness, but the majority of them tend to be painful at best, crippling at worst. Some of the more uncomfortable ailments involve sores. Others can completely destroy a patient’s immune system over time. There are no venereal diseases that can be casually ignored; all are worthy of treatment and immediate attention.
Venereal diseases are largely treatable, originating from very simple bacterial or viral infections. If treatment is applied swiftly and smoothly, they can frequently be routed before too much damage can be incurred. It must be emphasized, however, that this is only the case if swift and aggressive treatment is applied. Let to fester, spread and grow worse, venereal diseases can cause very permanent harm, and even spread into the spinal cord. Embarrassment is the primary cause of an individual not pursuing medical treatment for a venereal disease ailment, but it should not be let to intervene in this way. There is no reason to avoid treatment for embarrassment, as doing so will only make the ailment worse and make treatment even more necessary.
What does Venereal Disease treatment look like?
Treatment of venereal diseases varies greatly depending upon the actual ailment in question. There exist symptomatic treatments, as appropriate, for some ailments. Others may or must be attacked at their root with antibiotics or antiviral drugs.
With respect to venereal diseases, an ounce of treatment far exceeds the benefit of a pound of cure. Practicing safe sex can reduce the odds of accidental infection of venereal disease by a very broad margin. Many are unfortunately unaware of the benefits that safe sex can confer. Many focus on the issue of contraceptives without actually considering the necessity of a condom to prevent true fluid contact.
How do I know if I have Venereal Disease?
Venereal diseases can be fairly easily identified as such. Their symptoms are distinct and they have a tendency to take primary effect around the genitals and other points of sexual contact. The greatest difficulty in identifying them is that frequently their symptoms do not present until long after sexual intercourse has occurred, resulting in a bit of dissonant timing between the act and the consequence.
Anyone that believes they might be suffering from a venereal disease should interface with their sexual partner or partners and a medical professional post-haste. It is very important to prevent venereal diseases from being spread any further, and furthermore very important that diagnosis and treatment occur as quickly as possible for all individuals infected.
Some over-the-counter items exist to positively diagnose various venereal diseases to avoid the embarrassment of speaking with a medical professional. This does nothing to actually treat a present ailment, however, and over the counter tests are not 100% conclusive.