Risk Factors For Acquiring STIs
Anyone who engages in sexual activity runs the risk of contracting an STI. The risk is increased by the following variables:
- Having unprotected sex. Vaginal or anal penetration by an infected partner who isn’t wearing a condom dramatically increases the risk of developing an STI. Although oral intercourse is less risky, illnesses can still be transferred through it if a condom is not used.
- Having multiple sexual partners or having sex with a person with multiple partners. The more persons with whom you have sexual contact, the higher your risk.
- Having a previous history of STIs. Having one STI makes it easier to have another STI.
- Being under the influence of either alcohol or recreational drugs. Substance abuse can impair judgment and lead you to engage in harmful behaviors.
- Needle sharing during illicit drug use. This promotes acquiring several serious illnesses such as HIV/AIDS.
Complications Of STIs
Because many do not experience any symptoms in the early stages or STIs, screening is important to avoid complications. If left untreated, STIs could lead to:
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Pregnancy complications
- Eye inflammation
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Brain and nervous system issues
- Cancers such as cervical and rectal cancers
Get Tested For Peace Of Mind
It is normal to experience signs and symptoms of an STI. Reach out to our friendly clinic staff today to make a hassle-free appointment for your condition. Renaissance Dermatology Specialist Clinic provides confidential and comprehensive management of sexually transmitted infections.
Dr Noor Hanif SaidMedical Director & Consultant Dermatologist
Over 20 years of experience
in medical, Surgical & aesthetic Dermatology
- Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS, Singapore)
- Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP, United Kingdom)
- Fellow Of The Academy of Medicine, Singapore (FAMS, Dermatology)
Prior to starting his private practice at Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre, Dr Hanif was a dermatologist at the National Skin Centre and a Visiting Consultant with the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital Dermatology Service.
Apart from his expertise in the management of general dermatological problems such as eczema, psoriasis, hair loss and acne, he has special interests in pigmentary disorders and aesthetic dermatology.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Most of the time you cannot. Many people get an STI from someone who does not have any symptoms. Also, people may not know they have an STI or they may not tell you if they do know thus, to be safe, always protect yourself no matter what the person says. Inform your partner if you have an STI. It will not help to hide it.
Some STIs can be passed by a mother to her baby during delivery like herpes simplex, genital warts, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV. If you are pregnant and have been diagnosed with any of these STIs, ask your doctor what precautions you need to take and what treatments can be done.