STDs Do Not Discriminate Against Anybody

STDs Do Not Discriminate Against Anybody

Sex­u­al­ly 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.

The 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.

Dr. 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

Though 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.

HPV (Human Papil­lo­ma Virus)

This 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.

Since 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.

Chlamy­dia

This 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 life lasting.

Syphilis

Anoth­er com­mon STD is syphilis, which is life-threat­en­ing when not treat­ed prompt­ly. For exam­ple, it can affect all the organs in the body – brain included.

HIV and Trichomoniasis

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.

Com­mon STD Myths

Any­body 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 STD.

She 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 on.

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.


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