STDs know no gender, age or sexual orientation. Whether you’re straight, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer, having unprotected sex can expose you to a Sexually Transmitted Disease, some of which can seriously affect your health (in some cases, possibly fatally). To help anyone who’s sexually active understand STDs and how to prevent getting one, we recommend this blog by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, which discusses STDs and their symptoms and treatment in-depth (excerpted below).
Straight or gay, a teenager or a retiree, having unprotected sex can expose you to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), some of which can seriously affect your health. Although condoms are highly effective for reducing the transmission of STDs, they (or any method of birth control except abstinence) are not 100% foolproof. At Westchester Health, we think the more informed a person is about his or her sexual health, the better choices they can make. That’s why we offer this blog so that everyone can understand the different STDs that exist and can take steps to protect themselves against them.