SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES
For many people, a new diagnosis of a sexually transmitted disease can be a devastating event. Speaking from personal experience, when I heard my doctor say the words “genital herpes” followed by the words “life long” I immediately went into a state of shock and heard little else beyond those few words that echoed over and over in my mind.
What is a sexually transmitted disease (STD)?
A sexually transmitted disease (STD) is a disease caused by a pathogen (e.g., virus, bacterium, parasite, fungus) that is spread from person to person primarily through sexual contact. STDs can be painful, irritating, debilitating, and life threatening. More than twenty sexually transmitted diseases have been identified.
Common types of sexually transmitted diseases are Syphilis, HIV, AIDS, Genital herpes, Human Papillomavirus, Chlamydia, and Gonorrhea.
How many people have STDs?
STDs occur most commonly in sexually active teenagers and young adults, especially those with multiple sex partners. An estimated 200 to 400 million people worldwide are infected—representing men and women of all economic classes.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in the United States more than 13 million people are infected each year and more than 65 million have an incurable STD. Generally, STD incidence has declined in the United States over the past 15 years, although rates among certain populations, including men who have sex with men, have increased.
How do you get an STD?
You can get and pass STDs through vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Trichomoniasis can also picked up from contact with damp or moist objects such as towels, wet clothing, or a toilet seat, if the genital area gets in contact with these damp objects. Some STDs cause no symptoms. But STDs can still be passed from person to person even if there are no symptoms.
Can STDs cause health problems?
Yes. While each STD causes different health problems, overall, they can cause cervical cancer and other cancers, liver disease, pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, pregnancy problems, and other complications. Some STDs increase your risk of getting HIV/AIDS. HIV/AIDS can cause a number of health problems and raise the risk of getting life-threatening diseases and certain forms of cancer.
I personally had to go through a cone biopsy to remove early cervical cancer caused by Herpes. It's a miracle that God sent doctors into my life who found the cancer early on. Many women die from cervical cancer so it's important if you're a woman who is sexually active and you have caught an STD to get tested right away for early cervical cancer.
Does God heal STD's?
The Bible is full of historical accounts of divine healing. The first recorded example was when Abraham prayed for the healing of Abimelech. "So Abraham prayed to God; and God healed Abimelech, his wife and his female servants. Then they bore children" (Genesis 20:17). God made a covenant of healing with Israel in Exodus 15:26 where he said "I am the Lord who heals you". The Bible says that when Israel went out of Egypt, "there was none feeble among His tribes" (Psalm 105:37), so it seemed that God really honored that covenant. Later, Namaan the Syrian was healed through the ministry of the prophet Elisha (2 Kings 5).
But the greatest examples of divine healing happened through the earthly ministry of Jesus. When John the Baptist sent messengers from prison to ask if Jesus really was the Messiah, Jesus answered and said to them, "Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: the blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them." (Matthew 11:4,5).
This ministry was continued in the early church through the apostles and evangelists. "so that they brought the sick out into the streets and laid them on beds and couches, that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might fall on some of them. Also a multitude gathered from the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all healed". (Acts 5:15,16).
If the Bible speaks truly then it is clear that God did heal.
Furthermore, one finds references to the ongoing ministry of divine healing and exorcism in the writings of the early church fathers, as late as the 5th century after Christ. Various "saints" during the time of the Dark and Middle Ages were reputed to exercise ministries of divine healing - for example, St. Francis of Assissi. The success of the gospel in overcoming paganism in the early centuries of Christianity was in large part due to the demonstration of power over sickness and demons which the early missionaries demonstrated.
Multiplied tens of thousands of people in the 20th century and in our generation have testified of being divinely healed by God of serious conditions, without the aid of medical science. There have also been many cases of divine healing down through the centuries.
I personally was healed of a non-curable sexually transmitted disease Herpes. I was part of a special military study for pregnant women with herpes in 1996 and when I was tested they said I couldn't be in the study because there was no herpes virus in my blood. The test came back negative! He's Jehovah-Rophe the God that heals us!
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