Sexually transmitted diseases are caused by bacteria, viruses and parasites that can be passed through unprotected oral, anal or genital contact. Most STI do not cause symptoms so the risk of spreading the disease is higher. Abstinence is the most effective way of preventing STI. But using protection like condom, dental dam or medical gloves can lower the chances of contacting the disease.
Sex without penetration or physical contact is without a doubt the safest type of sex. Phone sex, live video sex, webcam sex and cybersex are good ways to have sexual experience without the risks of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. These usually involve dirty talk on the phone or texting over the internet. Both parties can masturbate while talking and fantasizing about sexually arousing things.
Phone sex and cybersex have no risk of getting sexually transmitted disease, since there is no physical contact. Here are 12 sexual diseases you can’t catch from phone sex:
1. Chlamydia – one of the most common STD particularly among 14-25 years old. It is caused by bacteria and transmitted by having unprotected oral, anal or vaginal sex. 50% of men and 70% of women do not show symptoms. Chlamydia affects the man’s urethra and women’s cervix and can cause pain or burning sensation when urinating. This infection can be treated by oral antibiotics.
2. Genital Herpes –herpes of the mouth and genital herpes are the two types of herpes. It is caused by herpes simplex virus and can by spread through skin contact, oral, anal and vaginal sex with infected person. This infection can cause sores or blisters in the mouth, penis, anus, vagina, scrotum and buttocks. There’s no known cure for this infection. The virus can only be treated with antibiotics but it does not go away, once infected you become carrier for life.
3. Gonorrhoea – sometimes called “the drip” or “clap” is caused by bacterium (neisseria gonorrhoeae) it is spread by unprotected oral, anal or vaginal sex. 50% of women may not show symptoms, men may notice white, green or yellow discharge and burning pain while urinating. Symptoms usually appear 2-5 days after contact. Treatment is given by injection and pills. Untreated infection may result in infertility and pelvic inflammatory disease.
4. Human Papillomavirus – (HPV) is commonly referred as genital warts. It can be transmitted through skin-to-skin contact during oral, anal and vaginal sex. Untreated HPV can cause pre-cancerous cells in the cervix. There are vaccines against HPV but it may cause cervical cancer. Condom doesn’t cover all the areas of the skin around the genitals so the infection can still spread.
5. Lymphogranuloma Venereum (LGV) is an STD caused by a specific type of Chlamydia. People with LGV will have flu like symptoms and may notice sores on the vagina, penis or rectum. Some might experience painful swollen lymph nodes in the groin area. These may appear 2-6 weeks after infection. LGV can be treated with antibiotics. Untreated infection can cause anal or genital ulcerations and scarring and can lead to death.
6. Pubic Lice (Crabs) are a form of lice that are greyish-white or reddish-brown in colour. Lice are usually found in the pubic area and can spread in the beard, eyebrow, eyelashes and armpit. It can be spread through skin contact and infested clothing or linen. Crabs can be treated with special formulated lotion, creams and shampoo.
7. Scabies – are rashes caused by itch mites that burrow under the skin. Rash look like scratches, tiny red bumps or tiny blisters that are extremely itchy. It can be found under the breast, armpits, navel, buttocks and genitals. Scabies can be transmitted through skin-to-skin contact and sexual contact with an infected person. Scabies can be treated with a special lotion or cream that can be bought without prescription.
8. Syphilis – is a bacterial infection that gets into the blood stream through the mouth, eyes, anus, vagina or broken skin. Symptoms include flu like illness, rashes and sore that last up to six weeks. It can be diagnosed through blood test and treated with antibiotics. If left untreated, Syphilis can lead to paralysis, heart problems and blindness.
9. Trichomoniasis – is an infection caused by a tiny parasite called trichomonas vaginalis. Trich can be passed through vaginal sex. This affects the vagina and the urethra in men. It rarely has symptoms but can sometimes cause discharge with unpleasant smell. Trich can be treated with creams and antibiotics. If untreated, Trich can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility.
10. Hepatitis B and C – viral infection that causes serious infection to the liver. Hepatitis is transmitted through blood or body fluids like saliva, vaginal fluids and semen. It can also be passed by pregnant mother to her unborn child. Hepatitis has no cure people can be protected by their own natural immunity. Carriers can develop liver cirrhosis or cancer later in life.
11. Chancroid – is a bacterial infection characterized by ulcer or painful sores on the genitalia. The ulcer may bleed and the contagious fluid can pass the bacteria during vaginal, anal or oral intercourse. It is easily treated with antibiotics; both partners should be treated at the same time.
12. Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) – weakens the immune system making it susceptible to infection and diseases. HIV can be transmitted through unprotected oral, anal or vaginal sex and coming in contact with infected blood. There is no cure for HIV, but there are treatments that allow people to live longer. AIDS is the final stage of HIV infection. A simple blood test can detect HIV infection.