Lifestyle & Health : Can infections be transmitted without symptoms?

October 18, 2016

 

Dear Counsellor,

I found out about six months ago that I'm infected with a sexual disease. To make matters worse, I'm dating a new man.

This disease makes my life very uncomfortable and I can blame no one but my ex-boyfriend. He knew he had it, but he did nothing to protect me.

Tell me, can I transmit a sexual disease when there are no symptoms? I don't remember the name of the disease, but I was experiencing a pus discharge.

Careful Lover

Dear Careful Lover,

It is best not to have sex while being treated for a sexually transmitted infection (STI), even if the symptoms you experienced disappeared.

Symptoms will disappear even without treatment, but the germ remain and you can pass it on to your sex partner.

In addition, having sex while you are being treated for a STI will only prolong and irritate the illness. This may cause the treatment not to work properly.

However, if at all you must have sex, be sure to use a condom every time.

 

Dear Counsellor,

For some time now, I have been having intense itching before my period. My tummy hurts badly during and after the period.

In addition, I am experiencing a smelly discharge from my vagina. I wonder if that could be a disease.

My boyfriend is very wild and I am tired of talking to him about his behaviour.

Can you tell me what could be the cause of this intense itching before my period?

Concerned Female

Dear Concerned Female,

From what you have been experiencing, it is highly possible that you may have contracted a sexually transmitted infection (STI). You need to visit a doctor immediately so that your condition can be correctly diagnosed and treated.

Remember, if you use a condom, your chances of getting a STI would be greatly reduced whenever you have sex.

However, if you continue to have sex without a condom, knowing that your boyfriend is an womanizer, you could become infected with HIV.

You must start thinking seriously. Use a condom every time you have sex.

For more information on condom use, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections, call the AIDS/STD Helpline at 967-3830, 976-3764 or toll free at 1888-991-4444.

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