Surprising Facts About STDs
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.