“Why would you have unprotected sex with an unfamiliar person? Were you drunk or was it without your consent or were you willing to take the risk?” is what I ask when people come to me to get checked up for possible STIs after having unprotected sex with a new partner.
HIV Tests can be broadly divided into 3 different types. Each type of test looks for different components such as:
a. Actual presence of virus, if present, the amount of virus in blood (called viral load)
b. Presence of antigens and antibodies in blood
c. Presence of antibodies
Herpes virus enters a healthy person’s body through the microscopic gaps in the mucus membranes present in the nose, mouth and in/on the genitals. Once the virus enters the body, it travels through the nerves and stays in the nerve tissues of the body. Usually they start multiplying quickly and the body starts showing symptoms.
HPV – Human Papilloma Virus is one of the most common and easily transmissible sexually transmitted infections. Just like many other viral infections, HPV infection may not show any symptom at all in some patients and in some others, symptoms may show up after the sero-conversion period. Typically, sexually active people are at higher risk of acquiring the disease.
Cervical Cancer – Cancer of the Cervix Cervix is a part of the reproductive system in women that resides as a bridge between the vagina and the uterus. When cancerous /abnormal cells start growing in the cervix region, it is termed as cervical cancer. If ignored or left untreated, cancer can spread (metastasize) to other…
Common Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Women Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are those diseases caused by Sexually Transmitted Infections during sexual acts such as oral, vaginal or anal. Many STDs show no symptoms, especially those caused by viral infections. In some, symptoms may show up after certain period (may be after weeks or months). Common STD…