The decision to have sex with a man or woman is very serious. People often treat intercourse as a natural, casual, and enjoyable occurrence.
However, major precautions should be taken before and during the time you are sexually active with anyone. People often give blind trust to a person they are either married to or have a long-term relationship with.
But people lie and cheat… Even the ones we love and that claim they love us…
That’s why it’s very important to get tested regularly when you are engaging in unprotected sex with a person regardless of your relationship status with them.
According to the Centers For Disease Control, blacks still represent a majority of all the newly reported cases of various sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). These cases include minor STDs like gonorrhea, as well as more serious STDs, such as HIV.
Black women in particular, need to be very much more vigilant when it comes to effective STD prevention and treatment. If you are regularly engaging in unprotected sex with a single male partner or multiple male partners of your choosing, please keep yourself aware of your health status by getting tested for STDs often.
In this in-depth article for BlackLoveAdvice.com, we’re going to describe four overlooked symptoms that a man is an STD carrier. It’s very important to pay close attention as some of these STDs symptoms are subtle, appear in the early stages of an infection and often go unnoticed.
1. Frequent urination.
Male urinary problems are often more prevalent in older men over the age of 40. These problems are usually caused by an enlarged prostate gland. A man’s prostate gland naturally increases with age and treatment processes for male urinary symptoms are safe and easy.
However, seeing a younger man that doesn’t have diabetes suffering from frequent urination problems may be a cause for concern. Men who suffer from chlamydia will often experience this symptom in the early stages of the infection.
2. Painful orgasms.
Climaxing during sexual intercourse is for the most part, a pleasant experience. Reaching orgasm for both parties indicates that satisfaction in the bedroom is being felt. But if you’re a woman who notices that your male sex partner is wincing in pain during his ejaculation, that is definitely a red flag.
Orgasms are supposed to feel exciting, not painful. These kind of problematic orgasms are a symptom of a STD, such as chlamydia or gonorrhea.
[Certain STD’s are more prevalent in certain areas. Here are The Top 10 States You’re Most Likely To Catch An STD]
3. Swollen elbows, ankles, or knees.
A man who is either an athlete or regularly stays active in physical activity will sometimes experience injury. This may also be the case if a man performs a job that is physical in nature, such as warehouse work.
Swollen joints are a common injury for an active man. These types of injuries can be treated and recovered from quickly.
However, a man with unexplained joint swelling that was not caused by physical activity may have another more adverse problem. Swollen joints are a symptom of syphilis, a very serious STD.
4. Unexplained weight loss.
Losing weight is often a goal of people who are trying to live a healthier lifestyle. Healthy ways to lose weight include stringent dieting and exercising. Weight loss surgery, such as gastric bypass is another way to lose weight for people who suffer from moderate to severe obesity.
However, there are unhealthy weight loss occurrences that are caused by adverse health problems. If you notice that your sex partner has lost a considerable amount of weight without dieting or exercising, this should definitely be checked out.
A common symptom of HIV is sudden weight loss, which can even occur in the early stages of the disease prior to becoming full-blown AIDS.
Three of the four symptoms listed above can also be indicators of other health problems that are not STD-related. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Regular health check-ups for people who are not even sexually active is a must. It’s very important to be conscious of your physical condition and to limit your risk factors for health problems.
When it comes to engaging in unprotected sexual intercourse, awareness of your STD status and health is even more critical. If an STD is contracted and left untreated, permanent damage to your well-being or even death can occur. This is even the case for treatable STDs that have a cure.
However, serious STDs, such as HIV/AIDS and HPV currently have no cure. Careful and responsible sexual activity and early detection is the best solution to preventing more adverse health scares. Always be proactive. Always use protection.