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All Harmony® condoms are contraceptives that meet the highest international quality standards (ISO 4074), helping to prevent pregnancy and the protection of sexually transmitted diseases such as AIDS / HIV.
The condom, besides being a contraceptive method to prevent pregnancy, is the only one that protects against sexually transmitted infections.
Sexually transmitted infections are caused by bacteria, fungi or viruses and as the name implies, are transmitted through sexual contact with an infected partner. Gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, HIV / AIDS, or hepatitis B are some of the most common.
What other forms of IST transmission are there?
Another form of infection may occur through transfusion of contaminated blood or sharing syringes and needles, especially in injecting drug use. AIDS and syphilis can also be transmitted from the infected mother without treatment to the baby during pregnancy or childbirth. And in the case of AIDS, also in breastfeeding.
How to identify and distinguish STIs?
It is one of the most common STDs in the world.
Caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae, it is the main cause of urethritis, ie inflammation of the urethra - channel that drains bladder urine. It develops most easily in the warm, moist areas of the reproductive tract, including the cervix, the uterus, the fallopian tubes, and the urethra, but can also grow in the mouth, throat, eyes, and anus.
In addition to the sexual route, transmission can also be between mother and child during childbirth.
It can be transmitted even if the infected person has no symptoms. In women, symptoms are less obvious, which can lead to added problems as they may seek medical treatment at a more advanced stage of the disease.
The incubation period ranges from 2 to 8 days.
The main symptom of gonorrhea is urethritis (inflammation of the urethra), which is characterized by urethral, mucopurulent or purulent discharge with smell, and may be accompanied by urethral dysuria (itching) or itching.
Gonorrhea can be fully cured as long as it is properly diagnosed and treated. Treatment is by antibiotics. However, when left untreated, gonorrhea can lead to complications such as infertility and, in women, cause an inflammatory disease called pelvic inflammatory disease, which can be very serious.
Chlamydia trachomatis infection is one of the most common STDs in Europe and its infection rate increases every year. It often affects young men and women, aged 16 to 25.
This STD is caused by a bacterium called Chlamydia trachomatis. As in gonorrhea, in adults and adolescents the transmission is exclusively through sexual means. There is no risk of contagion in bathrooms or swimming pools, just as kissing is not a form of transmission either.
Chlamydia can be transmitted sexually (anal, vaginal or oral) or from mother to child while the baby is passing through the vaginal canal at the time of delivery.
Chlamydia-infected patients may not develop symptoms for many years, becoming sources of contamination. When symptoms appear, the clinical picture is very similar to that of gonorrhea, and it is impossible to distinguish them only by symptoms.
When left untreated, this infection can lead to more serious problems. In women, the bacterium can progress to the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries, leading to infertility and a serious infection called pelvic inflammatory disease. In men the most common complication is prostatitis, prostate infection.
Treatment is by antibiotics.
Syphilis has been recognized as STD since the early 16th century. It is a complex infectious disease that can infect almost every organ and tissue in the body.
Sexually transmitted infectious disease caused by the bacterium Treponema pallidum, which penetrates the body through mucous membranes such as the vagina, mouth or skin. When it reaches the lymph nodes, it spreads throughout the body through the blood. It may also affect the fetus during pregnancy, causing birth defects or other problems.
The incubation period lasts from 9 to 90 days (the average is 2 to 4 weeks).
Initially an ulcer (wound) usually arises, usually hard, typically painless. The ulcer is found in the woman in the vagina and especially in the cervix (usually without symptoms). In men, this ulcer is most often found in the balanoprepucial sulcus (over the penis). Six to eight weeks after the cure of the primary lesion comes the period of generalization of the disease.
This generalization period is characterized by fever, joint pain, lack of appetite, heavy sweats, weight loss. The skin is the hardest hit organ in 90% of cases, with a very characteristic rash appearing on the palms and soles.
Penicillin, administered intramuscularly, is the commonly used antibiotic. There are other alternatives for people allergic to penicillin.
4. Hepatitis B
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is transmitted mainly through contact with infected blood and through unprotected sex as it can be present not only in the blood but also in semen and vaginal secretions.
In developing countries, mother-to-child transmission is also an important form of contagion during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding.
Hepatitis B is not transmitted by sweat or saliva (unless it has been in contact with infected blood). There is no risk of contagion by shaking hands, hugging, kissing or using plates or cutlery from infected persons.
It is an acute disease, but in most cases the virus is eliminated by the body. However, in about 15% to 20% of cases, the virus remains active and can cause serious liver complications, including liver cancer (cancer).
The infected person may experience only weakness and tiredness, but may also have fever, abdominal pain, joint pain and skin rash. The urine is usually darker and the stools lighter.
In its acute form, it is treated with rest and a liver-free diet, including alcoholic beverages.
In its chronic form, the treatment is based on medicines whose purpose is to stop the virus from multiplying and to stimulate the destruction of infected cells.
Avoiding the disease is very easy. Just take the three doses of the vaccine that has been part of the National Vaccination Plan since 2000, use a condom at all times and do not share shaving and razor blades, manicure and pedicure supplies, syringes, needles, as well as other objects. cutting or piercing.
5. HIV / AIDS
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is caused by Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), which enters the body through contact with an infected person.
HIV attacks the immune system, destroying the body's defensive cells, making it more sensitive to other diseases (opportunistic infections) which, being healthy, would be easier to fight off.
AIDS is an STD caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). It can be transmitted in three ways:
- sexual relations;
- Contact with infected blood;
- From mother to child: during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding.
HIV infection may show flu-like symptoms from 1 to 4 weeks after the time of the infection, including:
- pain in muscles and joints;
- Enlargement of the lymph nodes.
This is the acute or seroconversion phase that can last from 1 to 3 weeks. Being a phase of great contagiousness due to the high amount of virus in the blood.
After this acute phase, infected (seropositive) patients may no longer show symptoms for several years, and the virus continues to multiply in their body until symptoms of immune impairment such as unusual tiredness appear. , weight loss, night sweats, poor appetite, diarrhea.
If nothing is done, the disease will continue to progress to the next phase, which is characterized by severe immunodeficiency, in which opportunistic manifestations (infections and tumors) arise which in normal circumstances would not arise because they would be countered by the immune system. This last phase of the disease is called AIDS.
HIV-positive people diagnosed and accompanied by specialist doctors are usually treated with antiretroviral drugs, which can avoid reaching a symptomatic phase of the disease.
Prevention is equivalent to that for hepatitis B. Always use a condom while having sex, do not share needles, syringes, injecting material and sharp or piercing objects (acupuncture needles, tattoo and piercing tools, manicure and pedicure).
Source: Lusíadas Lisbon Hospital Internal Medicine Unit