In the last article the discussion was around safe sex and how to best go about it. It also discussed the responsibilities associated with sex post SHTF and that there are risks to be considered. One is of course a pregnancy and the other are diseases and everyone knows how bad some of them are. So you decided to have unprotected sex anyway and risk it. Now we’ll run through the list of what you could possibly walk away with.
The effects of the risk (STDs)
So you decided to have unprotected sex and now you have issues down in your nether region or other area. What is listed below are the primary STDs that you could get and how to treat them……if they can be treated.
Chlamydia – This is a bacterium that affects both men and women. In women, it can cause serve reproduction damage and is quite painful. In men there is a possibility of reproductive damage, but it is not high, but it can be extremely painful. The only treatment is antibiotics, so in the post SHFT setting you have to tough it out and hope for the best. https://medlineplus.gov/chlamydiainfections.html, Chlamydia FactSheet – CDC
Genital Herpes – Is a virus that stays with the person for life. The effects/symptoms are blisters in the area where it entered the body. The blisters break and become painful, then heal. There is no cure, but they will lesson in most people with time. https://medlineplus.gov/genitalherpes.html
Gonorrhea – This is another bacterium that affects anyone. The current treatment is with antibiotics. In a post SHTF situation where antibiotics are not available there is no other treatment, the person just has to let it run its course. It is very painful, can cause permanent damage and in some rare cases it can cause death if it spreads to the blood or joints. https://www.cdc.gov/std/gonorrhea/STDFact-gonorrhea.htm
HIV/AIDS – No cure and eventual death in a post SHTF situation.
HPV – Otherwise known as Genital Worts is a virus that is not curable. There are more than 100 types of this virus and most are harmless, but about 30 puts a person at an increased risk of cancer. There are vaccines for some of the viruses, but not all. https://www.cdc.gov/hpv/parents/index.html
Syphilis – Is a bacterial infection that can infect the genital area, lips, mouth, or anus in anyone. This can also be passed from mother to baby, and may cause birth defects. In rare cases it can cause serious health problems and even death. https://www.cdc.gov/std/syphilis/syphilis-factsheet-July-2014.pdf
Trichomoniasis – This is a parasite that may not cause any symptoms and if it does they will usually happen within 5 to 28 days. It can cause painful urination and a discharge in men, and multiple issues in women. The parasites can be killed with antibiotics, and they will go away on their own, but it may take months or even years. https://www.cdc.gov/std/trichomonas/stdfact-trichomoniasis.htm
Though not an STD, the child outcome is possible and brings up different things to be considered. This only effects the woman and is a major effect on her life. In the post SHTF climate there could be all kinds of issues getting the child to term, for the child and mother. If the child makes it to term and mother and child survive the birth, she then has a child to deal with in a not ideal environment. If she’s lucky she has a good husband, family, and/or community around to assist, but that can’t always be counted on.
Infant mortality rates with increase and the amount of mother deaths during delivery will increase. Having a baby die in birth is horrible and can put a person already in the emotionally taxing situation of survival in even worse shape. If the mother dies in birth what will become of the baby?
While there are not many pleasant outcomes for sex after the SHTF, it is possible to have a happy ending. I personally wouldn’t risk it unless I was with a long term person, but that may just be me.
Stay active, pay attention, and get prepared.