Anyone who is sexually active runs the risk of contracting a sexually transmitted infection, even those who are careful about using protection. Most STIs are treatable; many can be cured, while some – like herpes – require lifelong management of the symptoms. However, treating an STI successfully first requires recognizing the symptoms, from a sore penis to an unusual penis discharge to fever or swollen glands.
With the right approach to safe sex and awareness of how to promote good penis health, men can increase their chances of avoiding infection or passing it along to a partner. The following discussion describes one of the most common STIs, including details on the symptoms and treatment.
What is trichomoniasis?
Trichomoniasis is a tiny parasite that affects the genital region and is transmitted from one person to another through sexual contact. While this organism more commonly affects women, men can develop symptoms, as well. On the other hand, many men who are carrying the parasite never develop any symptoms, although they may transmit the disease to a partner. Because of this, it is important for all individuals who are sexually active to be tested regularly and practice safe sex.
Symptoms of trichomoniasis
In men, the trich parasite generally affects the urethra and underneath the foreskin. Men who are infected may notice a burning sensation on urination, soreness of the head of the penis and the urethra, and itching. A mild discharge may also be ejected from the penis.
In women, trich can produce numerous unpleasant symptoms, and if left untreated, there is a possibility that the parasite could rupture fetal membranes in pregnant women and cause premature delivery.
Infected individuals are generally treated with oral antibiotics. All sexual partners should be treated at the same time to avoid reinfection. People who are infected should take all of their medication, even if the symptoms clear up; the parasite may remain in the system even after symptoms disappear and may reestablish itself if it is not completely eliminated.
Protecting penis health and guarding against disease
The only guaranteed way to avoid contracting a disease like trichomoniasis is total abstinence from all sexual activity (except the solo kind). But for most men, this is not a practical or desirable solution, so a more realistic approach to protection is required.
First of all, there should be no compromises or exceptions when it comes to safe sex; unless a man is in a committed, monogamous relationship where both partners have been given a clean bill of health, a condom should be the rule every time. For men who cannot tolerate latex, there are alternatives, so there are no excuses where this is concerned.
Second, hygiene should be a priority, both as a general rule and as a preventive measure after any sexual activity. A shower a day, with attention to cleaning under the foreskin for uncircumcised men, can help prevent any accumulation of body fluids and dead skin cells that provide a haven for bacteria. In addition, washing the penis immediately after a sexual encounter can rinse away harmful organisms before they can penetrate the body’s defenses. Urinating directly after sex is also recommended to flush the urethra.
Third, doctors advise sticking with a single sexual partner, and not going back and forth between partners, as this is a sure way to spread numerous types of sexually transmitted infections.
Finally, men can help to increase their body’s immune function, as well as maintaining the surface integrity of their skin, by applying a specially formulated penis health cream (most health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil) that contains vital nutrients and natural emollients designed to keep the penile tissue smooth, supple and resilient.
For additional information on most common penis health issues, tips on improving penis sensitivity, and what to do to maintain a healthy penis, visit: http://www.penishealth101.com. John Dugan is a professional writer who specializes in men's health issues and is an ongoing contributing writer to numerous online web sites.
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