‘Sexual health’ is a general term used to describe health in relation to sex, including both physical and psychological health. Under this large umbrella term, there are many concerns that a sexually active person may have, which include underperforming during sex, the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and how these STDs can affect the body. In Singapore, sexual health is often swept under the carpet. We seldom frankly discuss with our friends and family members issues with regards to our sexuality and STDs. As such, Singaporeans who are sexually active can be very prone to contracting an STD, especially if they are unaware of preventive methods they can use. Most may not even know of the STD clinics in Singapore which they can consult with any complaint they may have about their sexual health. In this article, we will break down the various aspects of sexual health and how anyone can go about ensuring that they’re taking the best action for their sexual wellbeing.
Learning about STDs
STDs are definitely the main concern anyone has when dealing with sexual health. Contracting an STD and leaving it undetected and untreated is incredibly dangerous to your health. While some STDs, such as chlamydia, can be treated with a course of antibiotics, some others are incurable (HPV). If left untreated, STDs can result in physical impairment such as blindness, or even death. One of the STDs that people are more afraid of is HIV, an incurable virus that eventually wears down the patient’s immune system, causing death.
Thankfully, there are measures that you can take to ensure that you are much less likely to contract an STD. For instance, always use a condom whenever you are having sex. The proper use of a condom reduces the chance of contracting any STD to almost zero. Some people avoid the condom when there are other methods of contraception in place and those are the people who are most likely to contract an STD.
In addition, you should regularly go for STD tests at an STD clinic. These tests will help you know whether you have contracted an STD, and therefore whether you will need the appropriate treatment to cure it. Patients with HIV need antiretroviral medicines in order to suppress the virus and dramatically increase their lifespan.
Other sexual health-related conditions
Men who may be facing issues in bed, such as erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation in Singapore, may require a visit to the STD clinic too. The doctors at STD clinics can help to diagnose and provide treatments for these conditions. Sometimes, these issues may be costing the patient’s mental health, so it is best to speak to a professional if you think you are experiencing symptoms such as the inability to hold an erection or ejaculating too soon during sex.
While often overlooked, sexual health is a quintessential part of any sexually active person’s well-being.