The New STD Epidemic That Every Guy Should Know About
Guys throughout the world can heave a heavy sigh of relief as the rates for new HIV infections in developed countries continues to decline. Sadly, however, successful efforts to curb this disease do not appear to have created any lasting changes in personal habits. According to the CDC, there has been a widespread drop in condom use over the past ten years, as more guys are giving themselves and their health up to chance. The results include a shocking STD epidemic defined by a marked rise in sexually transmitted diseases that had long been on the decline.
Reported cases of Syphilis more than doubled between 2010 and 2014. Even scarier than this is the fact that this increase is only representative of the number of reported cases. Syphilis can fester undetected in the body for quite some time and some people may have no symptoms apart from a tiny, painless mouth ulcer, increased fatigue and a sense of malaise. The only bright side to syphilis is the fact that it can be successfully treated with a timely diagnosis and a rigorous course of antibiotics. Unfortunately, if undetected and untreated for too long, syphilis can render an adult incapable of producing children and could prove fatal.
Chlamydia And Gonorrhea
Diseases that seemed to have faded away in the late 1990s are now hitting the scene with a vengeance. Much like syphilis, untreated gonorrhea and chlamydia can render a person infertile. Fortunately, a course of the right antibiotics can clear these painful infections up in almost no time at all. What guys should note, however, is that exposure to infections like these can make the human immune system more vulnerable to serious STDs such as HIV. Thus, diligence in using protection pays off in a vast range of ways.
People Aren't Talking Like They Used To
The high prevalence of the AIDS virus in the 1980s and 1990s made men far more conscious of the need to protect their own health. Even the most casual of sexual encounters often warranted a discussion of each person's sexual history, testing history and test results. Now, not only are guys using fewer condoms, but they're also having fewer conversations with their sexual partners that could prove critical for protecting their personal health. The lesson in all this? Men have to stop waiting for a major epidemic or the signs of infection to make them vigilant concerning their sexual health. Hindsight is frustratingly ineffective, especially when it comes to prevention. Not only can diligence in using condoms keep guys disease-free, but it can also limit the transmission of curable infections that are currently wreaking havoc of epic proportions.