Any illness that get transmitted through sexual contact, including oral sex, anal sex and vaginal intercourse can be termed as a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or as a venereal disease (VD). This, however, does not mean that sexual contact is the only means by which STDs get transmitted. Drug needle used upon an infected person, infected mother who breast feeds her baby and blood tranfusion from an infected person can also result in STDs.There are exceptional cases like that of Meningitis. This disease is not generally included in the list of veneral diseases but sexual contact may be a cause for its transmission.
The most effective and safe way of protecting our body from sexually transmiitted infections is avoiding such contacts which might lead to transfer of fluids.If you completely discard such contacts, then you are in absolutely NO RISK zone. It is always advisable that before marriage, both partners get tested for sexually transmitted infections.However, persistent viruses such as HPV are difficult to be diagonised under ordinary mediacal procedures. It should also be noted that most of the STDs are difficult to be completely cured. Of course, vaccines are available for some STDs such as Hepatatis B and certain HPV types. It is better to take vaccination before engaging in contact in order to ensure maximum protection. Safe Sex is another term that is relevant in this discussion. Tools of prevention such as condoms available in the market however can not be fully trusted as riskfree. The golden words with which this discussion can be concluded is that prevention is certainly far far better than cure.And remember, in the case of sexually tremsmitted diseases, even ‘cure’ also is not guaranteed.