Many people think that the most prominent negatives of swinging involve relationship and intimacy issues. For example, how do you get your spouse or partner into swinging? How can you get comfortable with a swinging partner or couple? How do you handle any potential jealousy? While these are all certainly things to consider before diving between the sheets as a swinger, there is definitely something else for which to look out when swinging. One of the biggest problems when it comes to swinging is actually a pretty basic issue with any type of open sexual lifestyle. Sexually transmitted diseases (also known as STDs) are always something to consider when having sex with a variety of partners rather than sticking to a purely monogamous sexual relationship. STDs are infections (both viral and bacterial) which you contract from having sexual contact with an infectious person. Intercourse is the most common way to develop these diseases, but other type of sexual contact can result in infection as well. There are large numbers of STDs in the world, but swinging tends to focus on a select variety. Here are the most common STDs associated with swinging:
Hepatitis B: a virus which attacks the liver and can cause lifelong infection, scarring (cirrhosis) of the liver, liver cancer, liver failure, and can even result in death in severe cases
Genital Herpes: the most common STD because it can be passed from one person to another through sexual without any kind of visible symptoms. It can also be retained by certain nerve cells in the body for life, causing the possibility of off and on symptoms in some people.
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV): a virus which infects the immune system. It multiples by feeding on the cells of the immune system that are sent out to cleanse it from the body. For this reason it can completely destroy your immune system, leaving you open to common infections without any internal defenses. It can turn into Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).
Human Papilloma Virus (HPV): one of the most common causes of STDs. Genital warts is the most frequent type of HPV which causes single or multiple bumps in or around the genital areas.
Chlamydia: a bacterial infection STD. If correctly diagnosed early, it is considered a curable STD but can result in penile discharge for men and infertility for women if not.
Gonorrhea: a bacteria which can infect the genital tract, rectum, and mouth in both men and women.
If you choose to swing, you certainly need to keep an eye out for these diseases. There are a few things you can do to keep you safer while swinging though.
Condoms, condoms, and more condoms!
Avoid dental flossing before oral sex as it can cut your skin and leave open wounds which can easily be infected
Do not be afraid to discriminate when choosing a swinging partner
Get vaccinated for Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B. Women now can also get vaccinated for HPV as well.
Get tested for STDs with regular frequency. Once a month is considered standard.
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