Sexually transmitted diseases are one of the most common infections in the USA nowadays. They are often referred to as sexually transmitted infections, because they transmit the bacteria through sexual contacts between partners. We have more than twenty of these sexually transmitted diseases identified already, and around twenty million men and women are being infected with them every year. The younger population is still the most commonly infected part of the world population, because they do not have enough knowledge about practicing safe sex, and using protection, like condoms, so they end up infected with one of the sexually transmitted diseases, sometimes without knowing it, and can then spread those diseases onto others, especially if they have multiple sexual partners.
Spreading Sexually Transmitted Diseases
No matter which sexually transmitted disease we are talking about, the infection is usually spread through any kind of sexual contact and activity, from sex organs, to anus, then blood and mouth. There is also a fact that people who use unsterilized needles are in high risk of getting one of these diseases, especially HIV and hepatitis B, and it can spread these viruses onto others as well.
Facts about Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Sexually transmitted diseases can be transmitted to men and women of all backgrounds equally, and children of all ages. These diseases have become very common in recent years, because people are now more sexually active at a younger age, they are having multiple partners, and are not educated enough about safe sex and using protection. Adults on the other hand show an increase in infection numbers, because they do not use condoms. Also, it is important to know that if you do not have symptoms of any sexually transmitted disease, but you are infected, you can easily transmit the infection to someone else, even if you do not experience any signs of the disease. This is the case especially with female population, and the infections such as chlamydia, gonorrhea and genital herpes. Most people do not understand that long term, the consequences to your health can be severe and dangerous, both for women and for men. Some sexually transmitted diseases can cause pelvic inflammatory infections (PID), which can cause abscess, which can in turn lead to wounds on the reproductive organs. It can also lead to ectopic pregnancy, the one outside the uterus, infertility or death, which is not to be taken lightly. Furthermore, we have HPV, or a human papilloma virus, which is said to be the guilty party for causing the cancer of the cervix. A lot of these sexually transmitted diseases can be passed from a mother to a child, while she is still pregnant or right after birth of the child. One of the recurring problems is that the symptoms for most of these sexually transmitted diseases are dormant, or you can’t detect them right away, so there is a possibility of having more than just one sexually transmitted diseases without even knowing it.