There are a few STD’s out there that can actually kill you. The most famous one is HIV. Although many people with HIV appear to be living long lives, it’s still killing quite a few people. A young, 23 year old gay “bareback” porn star in the US recently got it and was dead within the year.
It’s mostly being transmitted via anal sex with gay men, but there are cases in the straight community now. In general, it goes male to female. Even that is not so easy, but it can be done via vaginal sex. It is much, much harder to get HIV from a woman via vaginal sex, but apparently it can be done. We are seeing a few cases now here in the US and in France of young men getting it from vaginal sex with young women. But these cases are pretty rare.
Another one is HPV, the human papilloma virus, or genital warts. Most people are going to catch it sooner or later in life anyway, so there’s not much you can do about aside from being celibate. I had it myself at one point. Whether I still do, I am not sure. However, in a very small % of persons who get it, it is associated with cervical cancer and anal cancer. Gay men are mostly getting the latter. It’s recently been associated with throat cancer, so oral sex is not as risk-free as we though.
There’s not much to be done about it, but a new vaccine called Guardasil has come out that protects against 70% of the cases. It’s being administered to young women, teenage and young adults, at the start of their sexual lives and presumably before they have been exposed yet. The rightwing has gone insane about this and is lobbying like crazy against the vaccinations. Quite a few White nationalists have also signed onto this, since in the US, WN’s are usually extreme rightwingers in every sense, which is another reason why they are FAIL. Side effects of the vaccine are very low. Why they don’t give it to young men, I have no idea. I’d like to get the vaccine myself.
Hepatitis B infects your liver, and in some cases, it kills you. Reports in the gay community indicate that up to 70% of gay men are infected in some places. It’s transmitted mostly by anal sex. There’s little or none of it in the straight community.
That’s about it on the fatal STD’s. That’ll give you something to worry about next time you have sex.
However, we are leaving out one fatal STD that effects all of us, even the celibate and children. It’s called life itself, no?