What should we do after a risky sexual relationship?
If you have had sex with a high-risk person (for example, without using protective equipment such as a condom or with someone whose health status is unknown), it is important to take your concerns seriously and take appropriate action in a timely manner. Here are the recommendations that you should do after risky sex:
Actions to take after risky sex
At this stage, you should go to the doctor and perform the necessary tests to diagnose sexually transmitted infections (STD panel tests) according to the doctor’s discretion between 3 days and 3 weeks after your high-risk sex. These tests can include tests for herpes virus or genital herpes, human papillomavirus or genital warts (HPV, sexually transmitted infections (syphilis, gonorrhea, and chancroid), AIDS, hepatitis B and C, etc.
Use of emergency pills
If a man’s semen has entered the vagina during sex (even if you hardly remember whether or not this happened due to unconsciousness or any other reason), make sure to take emergency contraceptive pills before 72 hours. use
Counseling and testing for AIDS
If you had sexual intercourse with an unknown and unprotected person, consultation with an AIDS specialist and an HIV virus test can provide a quick and timely diagnosis of the disease. If the test result is positive, you should see a specialist as soon as possible to make an accurate diagnosis and start appropriate treatment.
Communication with the doctor
If you are concerned about any signs and symptoms of sexually transmitted infections such as itching, burning, or abnormal growths on the skin of your genital area within 3 to 10 days, be sure to contact your doctor and discuss your problems and symptoms.
Use a condom
If a protective device such as a condom was not used, the most important lesson from your current high-risk sex is to use a condom in future sex. Condoms can significantly reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections such as AIDS and hepatitis.
In such a situation, you just need to take your concern seriously and take the necessary measures in time to manage everything well and under control.
Tips to prevent the transmission of sexually transmitted infections and take care of your sexual health
Sex with confidence
Before having sex with anyone, make sure both parties are comfortable and aware of any potential sexually transmitted infections the other person may have. Preferably, ask your other party for a health card taken within the last year or six months and prepare it yourself so that you have the right to request it from the other party.
Use a condom
It is necessary to use a condom in any sexual relationship with an unknown partner or without testing for sexually transmitted infections. Condoms can minimize the transmission of infections and ensure the protection of your sexual health.
Regular tests for sexually transmitted infections
If you have sexual relations with different people or without protection, testing for sexual infections, especially AIDS and hepatitis, should be done regularly and periodically. Make sure that even if you have injected the hepatitis vaccine in the past, check your antibody against the hepatitis virus during a blood test, because this vaccine generally requires a booster dose every ten years.
Consultation with an expert
If you are unsure whether you or your sexual partner may have a sexually transmitted infection, consulting a sexually transmitted disease specialist can help.
Protection in same-sex relationships
If you have sex with someone of the same sex, you should also use protection such as condoms and get regular tests.
Awareness of symptoms
Knowing the symptoms of sexually transmitted infections can help you act quickly and see a doctor if necessary. So, complete your information about the symptoms of various sexual diseases so that you can be alert about both yourself and your sexual partner when you see these symptoms.
The most common symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases
Sexually transmitted diseases or sexually transmitted diseases refer to diseases that are transmitted through sexual relations with infected partners. These diseases can be associated with different symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms of all sexually transmitted diseases are as follows:
• Redness and birthmarks in the genital areas: These symptoms may include sores, sores, redness and abnormal secretions in the genital areas.
Itching and burning: Itching and burning in and around the genital area can also be a sign of sexually transmitted diseases.
• Changes in urine or discharge: Pale, dark, or blood-tinged urine and unusual discharge from the genital area may be signs of sexually transmitted diseases.
• Lymphatic swelling: Swelling of lymph nodes in and around the genital area may occur.
• Fever and general symptoms: People may suffer from fever, fatigue, loss of appetite and other general symptoms.
• Ulcers in the mouth and lips: Some sexually transmitted diseases may be accompanied by ulcers in the mouth and lips.
To ensure your health and prevent the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases, it is better to always use protective devices such as condoms and see your doctor if you have any suspicious symptoms or concerns. Also, performing regular tests and early detection of these diseases can help reduce transmission and better control of sexually transmitted diseases.
Familiarity with the most important sexual diseases in high-risk relationships
Sexually transmitted diseases or sexually transmitted diseases include a set of infections that are transmitted through sexual relations between people. Some of these diseases and their symptoms are as follows:
• AIDS: Symptoms of the active period of the virus (Acute HIV Infection) include fever, fatigue, lymph swelling, skin changes, and mouth sores. The symptoms of AIDS include various injuries and infections in the body due to the reduction of the immune system.
• Genital warts or HPV is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases that is transmitted through sexual contact with infected partners and even through skin-to-skin secretions. There are more than 200 types of HPV that can cause different diseases. The symptoms of this disease include sores or warts in the genital areas, and sometimes there are no symptoms and it is determined during special tests.
• Sexual hepatitis infection (especially hepatitis B and hepatitis C): Symptoms of sexual hepatitis can include fatigue, dark urine, loss of appetite, fever, swollen nails, abnormal discharge, and pain in the abdominal area.
• Syphilis: Early symptoms of syphilis include a small, colored, painless sore at the site of infection (usually in the genital area). If left untreated, the disease progresses to more advanced stages and may damage organs, the brain, and the heart.
• Chlamydia: Chlamydia is usually asymptomatic, but may be accompanied by abnormal discharge, pain, and burning in the genital area.
• Genital herpes or genital herpes: symptoms of genital herpes include sores or painful sores, itching, and burning in the genital areas.
Note that some of these diseases have more visible symptoms and some of them remain symptomless. In case of any suspicious symptoms, it is better to visit your doctor and do the necessary tests. Also, the use of protective devices such as condoms is always recommended in sexual relations with new partners to prevent the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases.
How long after high-risk sex should I get tested for sexually transmitted diseases?
The right time to perform sexual tests after having high-risk sex depends on the type of disease in question. In some diseases, the test results are available faster; in some cases, it takes more time to get a reliable result.
For most STDs, tests usually need to be done at specific times:
• Herpes viruses (HSV-1 and HSV-2): Most tests can be more accurate after 2 to 6 weeks of intercourse.
• Human papillomavirus (HPV): HPV screening tests usually take 6 months to 1 year to give an accurate diagnosis.
• Hepatitis B and C: Hepatitis B and C tests can show more accurate results after 3 to 6 months.
• AIDS (HIV): The AIDS test after high-risk sex does not give results in the first 2 weeks and should be done after 4 to 6 weeks of intercourse to get a more accurate result. But for a definitive and more reliable diagnosis, the AIDS test must be repeated after 3 months.
It is important to go to your doctor for intercourse tests and listen to his opinion about the right time to do the tests and the need to repeat them. If you are particularly concerned about sexually transmitted diseases, consult your doctor as soon as possible and get the necessary tests done.
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