“We will both enjoy it more if we do not use a condom.” This line is common among young lovers as they have sex discussions. The line is common in both men and ladies because both have several excuses for not using protection during sex. It is said that the brain slows down when sex is the talk thus the many blunders that occur. Ladies, as has been revealed, may argue that they react to latex, thus prefer unprotected sex.

If for any reason, you, as a man, falls to such excuses, understand that you risk contracting several common STDs in men. Be aware that sacrificing the enjoyment is better than treating the following sex-borne diseases:

  1. Chlamydia

Any sex (vaginal, oral or anal) can transmit Chlamydia. It shows no symptoms in some men but when it does: there is penile discharge, painful urination and swelling of the testicles.

  1. Gonorrhea

This is one of the most common STDs in men. It affects the throat, anus and urethra after sexual encounters with an infected person. All types of sex can spread it. Similar to Chlamydia, it may not show symptoms. If it does, there is pain during urination, the testicles swell, and a white, yellow or green discharge occurs in the penis.

  1. Herpes

The herpes simplex virus, HSV, causes herpes. It may affect the genitals of mouth or both. In addition to asexual encounter, kissing transmits herpes. Its symptoms appear as blisters first. The other symptoms that follow include burning, itching or tingling in the blister area, loss of appetite, blisters on the genitals, buttocks, and anus, aching thighs, knees and lower back. Others are swollen lymph nodes, fever, and loss of general body wellness.

  1. Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B, caused by the Hepatitis B Virus, HBV, affects the liver rather than the genitals or mouth. It is transmitted via coming into contact with infected body fluids. Although rare, Hepatitis B symptoms include jaundice (yellowing of the skin), nausea, appetite loss, low-grade fever, vomiting, pain in joints and muscles and lethargic feeling.

  1. Syphilis

Upon infection with syphilis, men become more vulnerable to contracting HIV. Syphilis develops in four phases: primary to secondary then latent and finally to tertiary. Primary syphilis’ symptoms include swollen lymph nodes and painless sores in the lips, anus, or penis. Secondary symptoms include headaches, swollen lymph nodes, fatigue, and skin rashes that do not itch on hands and feet. Advanced syphilis may lead to severe damage of the brain, joints, spine, heart, and if untreated: becomes fatal.

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