Sexually Transmitted Diseases are on the Increase

November 12, 2012

Sexually Transmitted Diseases are on the Increase

This information was supplied by the HIV and Aids Charity Avert.org and it is a clear indication that the idea of safe sex has all but been abandoned by our youth.

  • Sexually Transmitted diseases are on the increase

  • 16-24 year olds most at risk

  • Syphilis has increased by 607% since the year 2000

  • HIV is slightly in decline

Common Sexually transmitted diseases

Chlamydia – The number of youngsters with this infection has almost doubled since 1999. It has no symptoms, but it can cause infertility.

Herpes – Genital Herpes is another infection on the increase it is very contagious and causes outbreaks of small blisters around the genital area and the mouth. It is a particularly dangerous infection for a pregnant woman, as the presence of herpes in the birth canal can be life threatening to an unborn baby.

Syphilis – Syphilis can be fatal if left untreated. There are three stages in this disease, there are few symptoms in the first stage and it therefore may go un-noticed, the second stage occurs between 2 and 8 weeks after the first stage and symptoms include ulcers, a rash, warty patches and fever. By this stage the Syphilis virus is already in your blood stream. The third stage is the most life threatening and there are numerous symptoms including tumours, disorders of the nervous system and heart problems.

Gonorrhoea – This disease is more prevalent in men than women. Symptoms can include swollen testicles, anus discharge and a burning sensation when urinating in men and in woman symptoms can include a vaginal discharge or bleeding, painful and itchy rectum and a burning sensation when urinating.

Pubic Lice – Better known as crabs can be transmitted by contact with a person who already has them or even by using a towel or sheets of an infected person. Treatment is usually in the form of a lotion which you can but from the chemist’s.

Trichomonas – This is a parasite which is passed on through sexual intercourse and can cause pregnant women to have low weight or premature babies. Symptoms sometimes include soreness, itching and burning in the vagina with a smelly discharge and in men a discharge from the penis and an itching and burning sensation whilst urinating. Treatment is with antibiotics.

HIV and Aids – New cases of HIV are still being reported and of these a third are women. Of those who are HIV positive there will be some who will go on to develop Aids and others who will die from unrelated and generally non-serious diseases due to their compromised immunes systems. There are also a great number of people carrying the HIV virus who are not aware of it. The HIV AND Aids virus is still relatively low in the UK compared to countries like Africa where a high percentage of the population are HIV positive.

Where to get help and advice

If you have had unprotected sex and want to be checked out, or you are experiencing any symptoms that might be caused by a sexually transmitted disease, then you can visit a GUM clinic, which are only for people with STD’s and the doctors and nurses who work in them are specialist in this field. It is totally anonymous and you can find out where they are from the internet or by phoning NHS direct. Most people will be seen within 72 hours and the results of any tests are not passed on to your G.P. Prevention is obviously better than a cure, but if you do find yourself needing treatment, get it quickly.

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