Is it impossible to have a sexually transmitted disease if I feel good?

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Is it impossible to have a sexually transmitted disease if I feel good?

Infections from chlamydia, trichomonas, hepatitis B and C, syphilis, gonorrhea, HIV, genital herpes and papilloma virus can infect a person even without causing any symptoms, thus remaining hidden from both those affected and their partner.

It is often thought that if you do not have symptoms attributable to a sexually transmitted disease, you can safely have unprotected intercourse because you are sure that you do not have any infections. This belief does not correspond to the truth because, very often, this type of infection may not give any sign of itself.
A person may have contracted a sexual infection without noticing abnormal secretions from the genitals, ulcerations, growths or other signs of the infection. Precisely for this reason today we prefer to speak of "sexually transmitted infections" rather than "sexually transmitted diseases" to better indicate their frequent asymptomatic course.
In the case of HIV, people can have the virus in their blood, sperm and vaginal secretions without showing any symptoms for years and without being aware of their condition. Even if an individual with HIV feels well, the virus is still multiplying in his body and can infect other people through unprotected sex.
Because these infections can be present in you or a partner without your knowledge, it is important to always have sex protected by condoms and to get specific tests for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.

1. Ministry of Health. Sexually transmitted infections
2. Ministry of Health. HIV and AIDS
3. United Against AIDS (ISS). Where to get tested

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