In South Africa, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) remain a big problem, even though most of the infections can be cured.
The fear of being stigmatized is one of the many reasons why people are reluctant to seek medical treatment for sexually transmitted infections. STI/Condom Week is aimed not only at reducing the spread of STI but also to curb the spread of HIV and AIDS.
Healthinsight said that sexually transmitted are infections you can get by having sex with someone who has an infection. These infections are usually passed from person to person through vaginal intercourse. They can also be passed through anal sex, oral sex, or skin-to-skin contact.
According to familydoctor.org STIs can also be transmitted from mother to child during birth, blood transfusions, and from sharing needles in hypodermic syringes.
STIs are a major health concern in South Africa, and over four million people receive treatment for STIs every year. However, many people are embarrassed by their conditions and do not report them to the doctor as they most experts believe that the risk of getting HIV & AIDS and other STIs can be greatly reduced if a condom is used properly.
Consistent and correct use of male latex condoms can reduce (though not eliminate) the risk of STI transmission, and provide maximum protective support.
Inconsistent use can lead to STI acquisition, because transmission can occur with a single act of intercourse with an infected partner. However, there’s no absolute guarantee even when you use a condom.
You can reduce your chances of exposure to STIs in several ways like having sex with a partner who has been tested for an STI, and who only has sex with you. The more partners you have, the more likely you are to be exposed to an STI.
Having sex without a condom is one of the greatest causes of contracting STIs. It is vital that you use a condom at all times when having sexual intercourse.