Chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis rates are rising quickly among young people, especially those in the LGBT population. There are a few factors that may be leading to this increase.
Everyone, regardless of their age and preference, needs to protect themselves. Testing is one of the most valuable ways to avoid spreading these infections and therefore prevent long-term or permanent damage to an infected person’s reproductive organs.
Who Needs to Be Tested
Everyone should be tested for these infections periodically. However, those who have a higher risk, especially gay or bisexual men, should be tested at least once every year, even if they don’t have symptoms. Women are affected by STDs more than men and must be very diligent about testing.
Some women don’t notice the symptoms of these infections until they have caused severe damage to their bodies. With regular STD Testing, they can get treatment quickly. Although it might be embarrassing, it’s essential to inform past partners of the infection so they can get tested as well and don’t spread the infection to others.
Young people are among the most commonly infected group of people. Among this demographic, young women are more likely to be infected than young men. Those who drink alcohol are more likely to have an STD than those who don’t.
There seems to be a correlation between syphilis infections among gay men and HIV. Slightly more than half of those diagnosed with syphilis are also diagnosed with HIV. The sores caused by syphilis could make a man more susceptible to HIV.
When they are diagnosed and treated quickly, most STDs can be cured. However, when an infected person ignores or doesn’t recognize the symptoms, an STD could lead to other medical conditions, including infertility. Some groups of people, including gay and bisexual men, are less likely to get tested due to the social stigma.
Men who have multiple partners may worry about repercussions after telling one of them they are infected and so they keep the knowledge to themselves. They may also avoid treatment for fear of being discriminated against by medical professionals and therefore spread infections that could have easily been cured if they would have seen a doctor.