Recent studies reveal that syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia infections are increasing. The studies indicate the essence of healthcare experts to intervene and educate patients on the risks of unprotected intercourse. According to the statistics of the World Health Organization (WHO), people acquire over one million STDs infections every day across the globe. As a result, people ought to get specific facts about sexually transmitted diseases right to reduce the rate of infections. You will be shocked to hear some of these facts about STDs.
More women are susceptible to STDs than men
It does not have anything to do with promiscuity. The truth is that women are more susceptible to STDs than men because of their body structures. It is easier for a man to transmit sexually transmitted diseases to a woman. Besides, women who stay for long with untreated STDs are more likely to suffer severe consequences than men. Women can also pass the infections to their unborn child when pregnant through the placenta. Chlamydia is an STD that spreads to the fallopian tube and uterus, which results in pelvic inflammatory disease that leads to infertility.
Over 25 diseases get transmitted sexually
Unfortunately, this is a fact that is not widely known. People do not understand the number of diseases they subjected themselves into when they have unprotected intercourse. The common STDs include hepatitis B, HIV, chlamydia, syphilis, and genital herpes. Other uncommon STDs include scabies and molluscum contagiosum. What most people do not know is that STDs can be parasitic, bacterial, and viral. Also, some of them are curable while others are not.
STDs are treatable, but not all are curable
You can treat bacterial STDs, such as syphilis and gonorrhea with antibiotics, while scabies and pubic lice are cured with insecticides. However, you cannot cure viral STDs, such as HIV, genital warts and HPV, but you can manage them. Living with STDs affects not only your romantic relationships but also your emotional and physical health.
Some STDs are asymptomatic
People do not know that they or their partners have been infected with STDs because some of the infections do not have noticeable symptoms. For instance, chlamydia usually does not have symptoms especially in women, and it takes up to ten years for people to develop HIV symptoms. Also, signs of STDs are sometimes similar to those of other infections; thus, you can easily mistake them for illnesses like urinary tract infections or yeast infections. Since it is hard to notice the signs, doctors recommend for annual screening for syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea.…
STDs are no joke. Some last a lifetime and/or have utterly devastating symptoms – in some cases, resulting ultimately in death. Unsurprisingly, cultural factors often play a role in how STDs are spread and the detection of the same stymied. Below, we take a look at a few of the mitigating factors that help contribute to the challenges we face in the fight against STDs and how the same can be addressed to facilitate improvement in this area.
1. The Increasingly Young Age of the Sexually Activity
Many people today are having sex at an earlier age. In fact, many are starting as soon as their pre-teen and early teen years. Add to that the fact that younger people having sex is often something frowned upon (and is sometimes illegal depending on age), younger people having sex are more likely to forego going to the drug store to get condoms. The lack of condom use is a potential major contributing factor to the rise of STDs in some cases and the inability to stem said rise.
2. Testing Restrictions
It is true that STD testing is more accessible to members of the general public today than they have ever been. Still, there are limitations. Most STD testing is done in labs, clinics, and hospitals, environments which carry with them the potential for a lot of stress and anxiety. Thankfully, there are accurate home testing options that are becoming more popular. Home testing for STDs will allow more sexually active persons to test for STDs without the added anxiety or stress of having to ‘publicly’ do so at labs and clinics.
3. Stigma Around Sex and STDs
It is no secret that there is much stigma around sex and STDs. This is perhaps due to the fact that sex is often considered a private act and so having an STD or needing to get tested for STDs can prove to carry with it its own feelings of shame and the need to be shrouded in secrecy. These feelings and seeming need for secrecy lend itself to the further spread of STDs. Fortunately, thanks to social campaigns and more high profile personalities being willing to join the conversation, more people are shaking the stigma and secrecy surrounding getting tested for and treating STDs.
Moving Forward: Knowledge is Power
As we begin to talk more about the issues surrounding STDs, we are more likely to address problems of stigma head-on and overcome them. Also, as we continue to find solutions relating to more accessible forms of testing and treatments, more sexually active persons will be willing to get tested and in the case where there are STDs – treated. All these are corrective strides in the right direction.…
Chlamydia is the most reported infectious disease. Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted disease, and if detected at an early stage there are treatment plans and medicines to cure the patients. However, if the condition is left untreated, it may lead to many complications and women who do not seek treatment will damage their chances to get pregnant. This STD is more common in younger people and results in other health issues such as infertility and pelvic diseases for women. This disease can carry on to both men and women, and for women, it is more dangerous as this disease harms their reproductive system.
If you have a feeling that you may have this disease and are too shy to take your concern to the family doctor, during the initial stage you may use home test kits for chlamydia to check for the disease for yourself. These are simple testing kits that come with easy manuals and test utensils. In most of these home kits, you will find a test screen with a control line. For testing purpose, you need to take a sample of your swab or urine. The test kit includes a detection label with color indicators. If the detection has a visible color in the detection label, it indicates a positive result, and you will know that you have this condition.
The home test kits are readily available at the local health stores, and they are available at online pharmacies, where you have the option to order this product from the comfort of your home in complete privacy. The test plans are simple to execute, and the results get on the display indicators in matters of minutes. If you are shy to take this condition to the doctor, these kits give you the chance to check for this disease from the confidentiality and secrecy of your own home.
A sexually transmitted disease such as Chlamydia should not be taken lightly. If your home kit test results are positive, you should reach out to the doctor without further delays. The treatment procedure during the starting phase is simple where the doctor will prescribe you an antibiotic treatment schedule that can last from a week to a month. After the course, you will have to go through a test for Chlamydia again at a health center to check that there are no traces left of the infection. If you delay the treatment, not only it will harm your wellbeing, but you will most likely transfer it to your partner during sexual intercourse.…
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