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STDs are Scary So Read This

STD statistics seem to show an upward trend year after year in the US and other places in the world. To be more specific the rise in syphilis among men and women are big contributors to this trend. Part of the STD statistics is the rise in cases of chlamydia, as well as gonorrhea.

There may also be a problem as far as STD statistics is concerned. 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. Still, the growing numbers are frightening even if at times the numbers are understated.

This does not change the fact that there are a lot of people, and the numbers are growing, who are suffering from chlamydia, syphilis and gonorrhea. For example there was one year in the United States where there were about a million people who have been diagnosed with Chlamydia. That number was apparently higher than it was in the previous year. Moreover, about 350,000 had gonorrhea in that same year. The number appears to grow higher each year.

Those numbers go to show that gonorrhea and chlamydia, by far, are the most wide spread of all STDs. Chlamydia may not easily manifest symptoms but can diagnosed easily. The same is true with gonorrhea. The good thing is that these two diseases are curable especially after being detected early. On the other hand, if both diseases are not treated, there will be complications like infertility and pelvic inflammatory disease in females. Women may see more complications like ectopic pregnancy and chronic pelvic pain.

Although men suffer from chlamydia less, this does not mean that they can’t be affected by complications. Meanwhile, gonorrhea can lead to very serious complications in men. Not only does this disease put them at risk of infertility but they the infection can make its way to joints and the blood stream. 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. Awareness helps people avoid these kinds of diseases as well as informs people of the necessary steps to take if they get these diseases.

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. if people help each other become more aware, the STD statistics will stop rising.