Since most Sexually Transmitted Diseases don’t have symptoms, ignoring them can be too easy. There are sexually transmitted diseases that go away on its own like herpes and chlamydia, especially mild cases. However, multiple exposure and outbreak can lead to worst case scenarios – scenarios that could have been prevented in the first place.
Worst case scenario for chlamydia
The most common type of sexually transmitted infection is chlamydia. It affects more women than men. In 2013, more than a million people have diagnosed with chlamydia in the US alone and they don’t even have the tiniest clue that they got it. When chlamydia is left untreated for a long period of time, it can lead to infertility for men and women plus often cases of miscarriages. Babies that can survive being born a mother infected with chlamydia often end up being blind, blood and joint infections.
Worst case scenario for Herpes
Genital herpes is one popular sexually transmitted infection affecting more than 80% of people with active sex life. People engaging with different sexual partners often get herpes without knowing it. This infection is dormant and when it thinks it is time to introduce itself, the infection has already spread. The worst case scenario for this infection is when it is too much widespread that the immune system can no longer fight it. When the immune system becomes weaker, the body becomes more susceptible to other infections.
Worst case scenario for Syphilis
There are three known stages of syphilis with the first two stages often mistaken for another type of sexually transmitted infections. The first and second stage progresses without doing much to the body and without showing any symptoms. After the second stage, the symptom (rashes) often disappears on its own when it goes dormant. You can be infected and wouldn’t have a clue for 20 years now because of its mild symptoms. After a few years of living a happy life, the third stage will start with inflammation all over your body, internal bleeding, aneurysm and even death.
Worst case scenario for HIV
After years and years of studies and researches, HIV is no longer the shaming and feared sexually transmitted infection it was decades ago. Today, a person diagnosed with HIV can still live up to 50 to 70 years as long as they get into life-long medications. Still, if this condition gets untreated, it can lead to severe liver and kidney damages, heart problems, osteoporosis or bone problem and then death.
Avoiding Worst-Case Scenarios
It is not hard to avoid these things from happening. If you know that you are at risk for getting the sexually transmitted disease, then make it a habit to get tested at least twice a year. Even if you are not having any symptoms, get tested. It might cost you a lot to get regular testing but if you will not, it might cost your life in the long run. Besides, there are home testing kits available now so there is no need for you to visit a clinic every time you want to get tested.