What You Need to Know About STDs
STD statistics seem to show an upward trend year after year in the US and other places in the world. With the rise of cases of syphilis in men and women, STD statistics just seems to get higher and highter. If it is not syphilis then increasing cases of chlamydia and gonorrhea are also to watch out for.
The problem with STD statistics is that it is likely to be inaccurate. It is very possible that the statistics does not include the undetected cases, for example with chlamydia, because you normally do not exhibit symptoms so you might be aware that you have it. Needless to say the rise in the numbers are still alarming.
One the other hand, there is a high percent of people who have gonorrhea, Chlamydia or syphilis. For example there was one year in the United States where there were about a million people who have been diagnosed with Chlamydia. The 2007 statistics was significantly higher than what was recorded in 2006. meanwhile 350000 men and women had gonorrhea in 2007. There seems to be more people getting diagnosed with STD year after year.
Those numbers go to show that gonorrhea and chlamydia, by far, are the most wide spread of all STDs. Chlamydia is not hard to diagnose even if the symptoms are not showing. Gonorrhea, like chlamydia is also easy to be medically identified. The good news is that when diagnosed early, they can be treated. If these diseases are not cured it can lead to other health issues like in women, PID or pelvic inflammatory disease and possibly infertility in both men and women. In women, these STDs can also lead to health issues like pelvic pain or ectopic pregnancy.
On the other hand, men can contract either gonorrhea or chlamydia but the former rarely affects men. Oppositely, gonorrhea poses more health risks among. Aside from the risk of infertility, the infection could spread to the blood or to the joints. There have been worst cases that end up in fatality.
What does this mean? This goes to show that awareness about STDs should be increased. The key to avoiding the spread of STD is awareness and at the same time it also help you know what steps you need to do if you get infected.
With the heightened cases of STDs, more and more people should choose to exercise safety. The statistics is a subtle reminder that there is a big risk of STDs when you have multiple partners. It also helps to learn how to properly use a condom.
For people who have new partners, they also need to have a check up. And if your partner had been cheating, get yourself screened as well. Awareness will help keep the numbers low.