Using a condom during sex offers some protection.
Birth control pills offer no protection against STDs. If
you had the disease once and have been successfully
treated, that does not grant you immunity against
contracting an STD again.
If you have been diagnosed as having an STD and
are receiving treatment at the present time, dont
attempt to hide the name(s) of your sexual partners. The
chances are that one of them infected you or have been
infected by you. They deserve the benefit of treatment
too. The health department will contact the persons
named and treat them. These steps, which are done
confidentially, can help in stopping an outbreak of a
sexually transmitted disease.
REVIEW 10 QUESTION
Q1. List some of the reasons why personal hygiene is
Q2. List the three most common dental conditions
caused by poor dental hygiene.
Q3. What methods should you use to avoid dental
Q4. What are the two most common sexually
Q5. How is the Acquired Immune Deficiency
Syndrome (AIDS) spread?
In this chapter, you have learned some of the basic
steps and procedures required when administering first
aid. You may never have the need to use these
procedures, but if the situation should arise, by
following the procedures outlined, and with additional
training, you may be in a position to render what could
be life-saving assistance. You also learned the
recommended ways of transporting injured personnel
so they can receive proper medical attention.
Personal hygiene is an important part of living
closely together. A shipmate not overly concerned with
keeping himself or herself clean and squared away
could affect your physical well-being, but could also
affect the morale of a great number of crew members.
Keeping yourself clean and squared away will benefit
you and the people you come into contact with on a
Another topic covered here is sexually transmitted
diseases. Being attracted to a member of the opposite
sex is a natural reaction. Be aware of the possibility that
if you engage in multiple sexual relations, you could
become infected with one of the sexually transmitted
diseases discussed in this chapter. Being responsible in
your sexual relations and using approved protective
measures will go a long way toward protecting yourself.