One subject not touched on by this blog, and it’s a major concern, is STD’s. They are a very real and present danger in the relationship world. If you are a young adult or a teen; you’ve probably had this beaten into your head during school health classes. For very good reason. Following is a list of what can happen if these sexually transmitted diseases are left untreated.
- Infertility, pregnancy complications, or higher risks of cervical cancer can occur in women.
- Gonorrhea, if not treated, can spread via the blood stream to joints and heart valves.
- Both gonorrhea and chlamydia can cause eye infections in newborns that came in contact with the bacteria during delivery.
- If syphilis is not treated, it may eventually cause serious damage to the bones, heart, eyes, brain, and nervous system.
- Hepatitis B can lead to long-term liver damage and higher risks of developing liver cancer.
- HIV weakens a person’s immune system, putting them at risk for many different infections.
- Chancroid makes a person more susceptible to HIV infection when they’re exposed to the virus.
- An active herpes infection at the end of a pregnancy will require delivery by a caesarean section to avoid spreading the infection to the baby.
Very scary stuff in the dating world. Not only do we have all the relationship dynamics and heartbreak to deal with; we also have this to be concerned with. I’ll let you in on a little secret. Many women who are married with children also have to deal with this. I did, thanks to my ex-husband who liked to skulk around with strippers and others. Who would think that they would be susceptible to that when they’re in a committed relationship? How many other women go through their lives and never know? No doubt there were other victims of this with my ex and those who weren’t….well….at least they avoided this part of the pain. Without a doubt, this man caused pain of all kinds and varieties. I was pregnant at the time; what a glorious appointment at the doctor’s that was! (note the sarcasm) I was fortunate in that my issues were dealt with over the course of the next 2 years. As far as the painful procedures go….well, I guess we’ll just call it a necessary evil. It was the initial wake-up call of what would end up being a devastating time for my child, my family and me. Merely the tip of the iceberg.
As is always the case, information is key to taking charge of your life. Control over all things is at best a grand illusion as there are and always will be factors in life that are beyond your control. But, knowing your choices and options is ALWAYS liberating.