STD Vs. STI: Both Still on the Rise

STD Vs. STI: Both Still on the RiseDespite the increased awareness and educational advances the rate of sexually transmitted infections (STI) and sexually transmitted diseases (STD) are still on the rise. In the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), STDs cost the health care system nearly $16 billion every year.

Although STDs are easily confused with STIs they are not the same. STIs are sexually transmitted bacterial or viral infections which have not ended in disease. HPV (human papillomavirus) is one example of an STI which often results in genital warts, an STD. There are also times when HPV remains in the infection stage without blossoming into full disease status.

The most widespread sexually transmitted diseases are chlamydia, syphilis and gonorrhea. Chlamydia, which often goes unnoticed, is the most commonly reported STD in the United States. Although Chlamydia often shows no medical signs that it exists, if it remains untreated it can result in pelvic inflammatory disease. PID, as it is called, is a condition which can lead to infertility by damaging the female reproductive system.

Since this STD can be active with no symptoms the CDC strongly recommends that females under the age of 25 be tested annually. In some cases people have been known to have a burning sensation and an abnormal discharge when urinating when they have contracted Chlamydia. These are the same warning signs of gonorrhea in both sexes.

Syphilis is less common than the other two but when left untreated it is potentially the most serious of the three. The first warning sign of this STD is a sore, which is usually pain-free, on the genitals lasting anywhere from three to six weeks. After this stage more sores and a rash will appear on one or more parts of the person’s body. Although syphilis can be treated at any of its four stages the damage from this particular STD is permanent. Symptoms, which can take 10 to 30 years to manifest, include blindness, paralysis and dementia.

For anyone who has already acquired a sexually transmitted disease there is a forum for discussion on PositiveSingles.com for those with questions and concerns; not for them alone but for their family, friends, caregivers and others concerned about their conditions. Not only are there forums found here but people can blog as a way to get and give support. Blogs are a great way to tell people about their issues and a chance for them to get to know others living with STDs.

The key to treatment is catching an STI before it has the opportunity to turn into a full-blown disease. According to the CDC there are an estimated 20 million new infections each year in the United States. These infections continue to threaten the well-being, both mentally and physically, of millions of Americans. Treating an STI early on not only benefits one’s health but it can also save them from the potential cost of a lifelong treatment which could possibly stem from an STD.

Not only does the CDC recommend regular screenings they also stress the best way to prevent the occurrence of an STI is to either have sex with only one partner or practice abstinence. The chance of getting an STI can drastically be reduced by the proper use of condoms along with maintaining good hygiene. More importantly practicing safe sex and getting tested regularly will help active sexual participants avoid the many problems which result from contracting STIs or STDs.

The most commonly used treatment for syphilis, gonorrhea and Chlamydia are antibiotics. The type of antibiotic, method and dosage a person is prescribed would depend heavily on the type of STD they have contracted and the type of antibiotic they receive.

Once a person finds out they have tested positive for an STD their dating life does not have to end. PositiveSingles.com has provided several testimonials for people dating with HIV, herpes and other STDS. This site has been deemed the largest, best, most trusted and completely anonymous online dating site for people with all types of STDs. PositiveSingles has members in the United States, Canada, UK, Europe and Australia.

PositiveSingles.com is an exclusive community of warm-hearted singles and friends who have tested positive for STDs. Not only can people find information about STDs and medical treatments but they can also meet new friends, potential spouses or partners.

This online community cares very much about privacy. No one is required to submit any information they are not ready to share. All information remains private and anonymous until the user is ready to open up and take things further. PositiveSingles is open to anyone regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race or religion.

If the proper measures are taken a STD can be avoided but for those who have already tested positive for a sexually transmitted disease PositiveSingles is here for you.

Despite the increased awareness and educational opportunities the rate of sexually transmitted infections (STI) and sexually transmitted diseases (STD) are still on the rise. Although STDs are easily confused with STIs they are not the same. STIs are sexually transmitted bacterial or viral infections which have not ended in disease.

By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)

Sources:

Fox News
Positive Singles
Nerd Wallet

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