Living With HIV and Other STIs: Is It Getting Easier?

Living With HIV and Other STIs: Is It Getting Easier?

The fact remains that once you are infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), you have it forever; there is no cure for HIV. You may want to bear that in mind the next time you have unprotected sex. Sure, Combination Therapy or Antiretroviral Treatment (ART) can in most cases reduce the amount of HIV in your blood, and thus delay the onset of late stage HIV infection; but it is a lifetime of drug taking and disease management ahead of you. Living with HIV and other STIs: is it getting easier? Easier than dying horribly and rapidly? I suppose so.

HIV/AIDS/STIs are avoidable. even for sexually promiscuous people. As an adult industry professional, my advice is, don’t take unnecessary risks and don’t have unprotected sex with someone that is not in an exclusive intimate relationship with you. STIs or sexually transmitted infections not only affect your genital health, they can also lower your immune system and make you susceptible to other diseases and infections. A night of unrestrained and unprotected passion can result in weeks, months and even years of illness and physical disability. Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea are rife around the globe; and rates are ever increasing.

In America, the United Kingdom and Australia rates of these STIs have increased by over 50% in some cases since 2008. Chlamydia, for us women, can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease and eventually infertility if left untreated. For you boys it can be testicular infection and long-term problems in this area. Gonorrhoea left untreated can result in the same conditions but also increase your chances of both getting and spreading HIV. Use condoms and a water based lubricant to best protect yourself from these STIs. HIV/AIDS/STIs can mean a lifetime of poor sexual health and poor health generally.

If you contract these STIs you will feel run-down, tired and suffer from genital discharges. As mentioned, your immune system will struggle to resist other, possibly more serious infections and viruses. As a sexually active person you have responsibilities for your own sexual health and the sexual health of those you have intimate relations with. Make your circle of friends safe from HIV and STIs; talk about the risks with your cohorts and educate each other on the dangers. It may sound boring and not a lot of fun, but it may save you from painful conditions and years of poor health. You can also catch Hepatitis B and C through unprotected sexual contact with someone who has the disease. This disease which targets the liver of sufferers can result in years of ill health and debilitation. These conditions are no fun; avoid them by protecting yourself when having sex.