COVID Consequences: Part II How STD'S/HIV Impact Men and Women Differently and….What is Being Done to Slow the Spread of STI’s/STD’s During COVID


Whether you are male or female, you can have an STI and not have any symptoms.

There are differences in how STD’s impact women differently from men. Check out the full CDC fact sheet describing those differences here.

If you are diagnosed with an STD, the conversation with your partner may likely cause anger, resentment and accusations of cheating.

NOTE: This is not always the case!

Your infection could stem from a previous relationship and just went undetected. This is one of the reasons we recommend both partners get tested prior to starting a sexual relationship. 

Sex during COVID:

Are you in a monogamous relationship?
Are you having sex with someone that does not live with you?
What types of jobs do you both have, and how exposed are you to others in the workplace?
Have you both been vaccinated?

 

You should know that COVID can spread during oral sex. Kissing, being close, heavy breathing and contact with saliva can spread the virus.

If you both have been vaccinated, and two weeks have passed since your vaccine, you can ditch your mask with your partner, and resume sex and kissing. Restoring intimacy to the relationship is reason enough to get vaccinated!

If you plan to have sex with someone outside of your home, there are some questions that need to be answered:

Have you had COVID? If so, when?
Have you recently been exposed to COVID? Were you tested?
Have you had multiple partners and if so, did you use a condom?
What methods do you use for birth control?
Do you participate in sex parties or conventions? If so, you need to be tested before and after.

 

During the pandemic, many of these get togethers were canceled. Note, many have been rescheduled with the lessening of restrictions. Consider carefully before participating. Things you may not have considered such as how well ventilated the venue is or, what additional cleaning precautions are in place to ensure you remain safe. Are there frequent COVID testing procedures in place? IS STD/HIV testing required prior to your attendance? Avoiding risky behavior should be your first priority.

Remember to ALWAYS wash up before and after sex. More so if you are having sexual relations with someone you do not know well.

To date, there is not a lot of scientific evidence that COVID-19 spreads through vaginal fluid or semen.

NOTE: The virus has been detected in semen of people that have had COVID-19. 

Remember that if you have been diagnosed and treated for an STI such as gonorrhea or chlamydia, you can contract this infection again. It is imperative that you get tested again within 3 months of your initial infection.

Also note that untreated infections can increase your chances of getting or giving HIV – the virus that causes AIDS.

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has developed an STI National Strategic Plan for 2021 – 2025.

This is their vision:

“The United States will be a place where sexually transmitted infections are prevented and where every person has high-quality STI prevention, care, and treatment while living free from stigma and discrimination.”

“This vision includes all people, regardless of age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, geographic location, or socioeconomic circumstances.”

For more information visit these links: www.hhs.gov/STI and www.cdc.gov/STD

We have tried to enlighten our subscribers to the dangers of HPV, and the

potential for future cancers. We were surprised at some of our responses from subscribers that not only had not heard of HPV or, that they did not bring their teenage children to the pediatrician for regular checkups. They primarily used Urgent Care Clinics, and never had the important discussion about HPV.

If you missed these educational health articles, you can view them here:

THE ONLY WAY TO AVOID STD’s IS NOT TO HAVE VAGINAL, ANAL OR ORAL SEX.

Be safe. Be proactive and above all, PROTECT YOURSELF!

Look for our third installment of COVID CONSEQUENCES which is scheduled to publish on Sunday, August 26th.

This installment will include questions from subscribers about general consequences they are experiencing during this fourth wave of COVID-19.