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Oct 26, 2016
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These days, if a person wants more sex partners, it should be easier, thanks to apps like Tinder, OKCupid, and Happn. While this might be a fun and effortless way to get laid, it's important to note of the health dangers that come with promiscuity.

"Having sex is part of a healthy adult life. There is no correct way of going about it. However, having multiple partners may prove harmful because it increases the risk of acquiring sexually-transmitted diseases," warns Dr. Patrick H. Tuliao, a fellow at the Philippine Urological Association and general urologist sub-specializing in oncology, endourology, laparoscopic, and robotic urologic surgery.

There are several kinds of STDs. The most common one, locally referred to as tulo, is an infection caused by Neisseria gonorrhea or Chlamydia trachomatis.

"Syphilis and herpes infections are often accompanied by non-healing ulcers in the genital area," says Dr. Tuliao. 

The  human papillomavirus (HPV), on the other hand, causes warts on the private area and in worse cases, can lead to cancer. Dr. Tuliao adds: "In some cases, infection with the papillomavirus can lead to the development of a malignancy. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and Hepatitis B are more serious diseases contracted during sexual contact."

So how do you minimize the sexual risk? One of the most essential and accessible instruments in practicing safe sex is the condom. It's cheap and "reduces the risk of STD with more than 90 percent reliability."

"Another way to prevent one from getting STD is to get vaccinated. Hepatitis A and B vaccines are readily available. The HPV vaccine is recommended for preteen boys and girls aged 11 to 12, men up to age 21, women up to age 26, men who have sex with men and those with compromised immune systems," advises Dr. Tuliao.

Continually adding to one's knowledge is also an effective way to protect one's self. Knowing how STDs are contracted, their presenting symptoms, and how treatment is done will enable you to recognize when to consult with a doctor for treatment. 

Dr. Patrick H. Tuliao conducts consultations at The Medical City, Manila Medical Hospital, and University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center. He is a fellow at the Philippine Urological Association and general urologist sub-specializing in oncology, endourology, laparoscopic, and robotic urologic surgery.

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