transmitted diseases can strike anyone of any age of either gender,
which is why doctors need to talk about the risks to their patients.
This is especially important as the STD rate in America has risen
significantly in the last several years.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted there were 2.3
million diagnosed cases of gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia in the
U.S. in 2017. This makes the fourth year of STDs rising.
Patricia Dietzgen with the Family Medicine Physician of Kaiser
Permanete’s Frisco Medical Offices said anybody who has unprotected
sex could become infected with an STD. STDs do not discriminate. She
said nobody should be embarrassed about talking to their doctor about
STDs. Dietzgen said talking about STD exposure should be routine
like anything else at an annual physical.
A Look At The Common STDs
STDs can affect anybody, there are some infections that are far more
common with some of them being minor and simple to treat and others
causing major issues and having lasting effects.
(Human Papilloma Virus)
is common sexually transmitted disease causes cervical cancer, anal
cancer, genital cancer and genital warts. It may even lead to throat
cancer. The problem with HPV is that it’s asymptomatic, which is
why spreads so easily. Dietzgen said it’s imperative for people to
have protected sex.
there is no HPV treatment vaccination is the key to protecting
oneself. Many people who catch HPV will find the virus clears up on
its own, but it can take up to many years, and they could become
infected later on. The vaccine is available for men up to 21 and up
to 26 for women.
is a bacterial STD infection that affects various parts of the body
such as the reproductive organs, genitals, throat and eyes. It’s
another asymptomatic disease that’s seen in 15 to 25-year-old
people. If not treated, it can lead to infertility and enter the
joints and blood. While treatment is available, the symptoms can be
common STD is syphilis, which is life-threatening when not treated
promptly. For example, it can affect all the organs in the body –
HIV leads to AIDS, which is once known to be a death sentence but can be
treated today. Trichomoniasis causes infertility and severe pelvic
infections but can be treated with antibiotics.
who engages in sexual behavior is at risk of catching an STD. Some of
the myths circulating are that only young people catch STDs, that it
can’t be passed from person to person when symptoms are not present
or that having sex in the water protects a person from catching an
said a person could catch an STD even in the pool or other water.
And, even if a person is asymptomatic, they can still pass the STD
Since an annual health checkup doesn’t tend to include STD testing, people must ask their doctor to test for them. The CDC recommends people ask their doctor on which STDs they should be tested for. The CDC said talking about STDs is hard, but it’s important to talk openly to a partner about them to stay healthy and stop the STD spread.