A major factor in preventing HIV symptoms and other STDs is understanding the risks, prevention and treatment of these diseases. The medical community has made great strides in raising awareness of STDs in recent decades, but there is still much work to be done. In one recent example, more people are currently experiencing syphilis symptoms due to lack of education, a disease that was almost eradicated in developed nations.

This troubling trend forewarns that illnesses such as HCV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis and HIV will continue to be on the rise without understanding prevention and treatment of these infectious diseases.

There are several misconceptions about STDs:

FACT: HIV can be contracted via anal sex. Gonorrhea and chlamydia can be contracted via oral sex.

FACT: There is a rumor that STD sores covered in vinegar will change color. Unfortunately, this is false. If you are concerned about an STD, visit an STD testing facility to get confirmation and treatment advice from medically trained professionals. This will not only reduce your risk rate, but also help you prevent spreading the STD.

FACT: It’s important to be completely honest with your partner if you are carrying an STD. Even if you are not struggling with an STD outbreak, it’s crucial to practice safe sex. Please talk to someone on the H.O.P.E. staff about ways to talk to your partner about STDs and how to practice safe sex.

FACT: It’s rare for a body’s immune system to cure syphilis, gonorrhea symptoms or chlamydia without help. In fact, untreated STD can become very dangerous and cause fertility problems in the future.

FACT: This is a common middle school rumor. Although the theory isn’t impossible, it is highly improbable.

H.O.P.E. provides low cost and free HIV testing in Tulsa and surrounding areas.