Sunday, August 23, 2009
Let's Talk About it - Sex
Are you aware of the rise in cases of sexually transmitted diseases? Gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia are on the rise (surveillance reports). Of course many people have forgotten all about these diseases, while some have never heard of them and as a result the prevalence of new cases is now a cause for concern. The focus on HIV/AIDS made the other STD's seem almost harmless. However, the truth is that gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia can be treated with antibiotics and in some cases, cured if detected and treated in the early stage.
Gonorrhea also known as the clap is one of the most common infectious diseases and can be transmitted through the mouth, vagina, penis, or anus. The bacteria grow in warm, moist areas of the body, including the tubes that carry urine out of the body (urethra). The bacteria may be found in the fallopian tubes, uterus, and cervix of women. This disease can even grow in the eyes. What are the symptoms?
Syphilis is also a common bacteria that causes infection when it gets into the mucus membranes or broken skin of the genitals. Although it can be transmitted in other ways, it is usually transmitted through sexual contact. Be informed of the symptoms
Chlamydia is yet another common disease in the United States and this bacteria is also transmitted through sexual contact. If this disease is untreated, it can cause infertility, painful pelvic inflammatory disease, can be passed on to babies at birth, and may also result in having a fatal etopic pregnancy. How might I know if I have chlamydia?
HIV/AIDS cases are still on the rise. However, it is not receiving the same attention it did in the past as it seems to be controlled under treatment. The problem is that many people are infected and are unaware. They may not even give it a thought, may be afraid to find out, and in some cases they may know and not care with the idea that they have nothing to lose. With that in mind, it is up to you to make sure that you take responsibility in protecting yourself and know your status.