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Sexually Transmitted Diseases are Our World's Problem
STDs are a World Problem
An STD is a sexually transmitted disease!
Many factors can contribute to why STDs are so expensive and why they are spreading so quickly throughout the world. Unprotected sex, multiple sexual partners, and substance abuse are three of the many contributes that can affect the widespread cause of STDs.
People that have multiple sexual partners have a greater chance of developing STDs. Many people are not aware that they even have an STD infection and because of the lack of knowledge, they can transmit that infection to another partner and never know until major symptoms develop. Most of the people that are infected this way spread STD diseases from partner to partner.
Many risks are associated with unprotected sex. Some people just don't seem to care about what might happen to them when they are sexually active without protection.
Some are just under the influence of drugs and alcohol and can't make right decisions about wearing protection. Unprotected sex can be a welcoming party for many known STD diseases that go unnoticed. Many people get wrong information about how STDs can be spread. Not only can STDs be spread through sexual intercourse but also by skin to skin contact. The bacteria is in contact with someone with an STD infection.
In many cases substance abuse is associated with STDs. Drugs and alcohol play a huge role in how people behave sexually and many people of all ages, especially teens, have a high risk of obtaining STDs through the influence of drugs and alcohol. Many people of all age groups that are influenced by drugs don't consider wearing protection when they are involved in sexual relationships. Alcohol and drugs can affect ones judgment and decision-making when they are involved in sexual behavior. Often times drugs are exchanged for sexual behavior and this can increase the number of sexual partners and can also decrease the number of people that use contraceptives.
All of these factors contribute to this epidemic and are all interlinked. People that are under the influence of drugs and alcohol tend to have multiple sexual partners. They also tend to have unprotected sex with those sexual partners and this causes a likelihood of infection.
How to help the problem:
A strategy that might curb this world problem would be to put more money towards warning the media about STDs and educating the public through programs and clinics. I would put forth more counseling programs that would help people change their sexual patterns.
People just need to get examined for any infections before they infect others or get infected themselves. The public has to know the signs and symptoms and different ways they can prevent this infection from spreading. Children and teens need to be less exposed to the media that have sexual material in them by limiting the resources used for this problem.
Here are some interesting facts about STDs:
1. "Each year there are approximately 333 million new cases of STDs in the world, according to the CDC."
2. "Child rape is an epidemic in Africa, largely due to the entrenched belief that sex with a virgin can cure sexually transmitted diseases, such as AIDS."
3. "The estimated number of people living in the U.S. with a viral STD/STI is over 65 million. One in two sexually active people will contact an STD/STI before the age of 25."
4. "The human papillomavirus (HPV) is currently the fastest growing STI/STD."
5. "Curable STIs/STDs are usually bacterial and include chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and trichomoniasis. Viral STIs/STDs cannot be cured and include HPV (though the body can clear this disease), Herpes, Hepatitis B, and HIV."
6. "Nearly half of U.S. youths and adolescents are unaware of their HIV infection, and less than a quarter are tested for the virus."
7. "A condom merely reduces—but does not eliminate—the risk of an STD."
“One in Two HIV-Positive Youth Unaware of Infection.” MSNBC.com. June 25, 2009. Accessed: August 24, 2009.
“STDs and Pregnancy—CDC Fact Sheet.” Center for Disease Control. January 4, 2008. Accessed: August 23, 2009.
Egendorf, Laura, ed. 2007. Sexually Transmitted Diseases. New York, NY: Thompson Gale.
“Child Rape Survivor Saves ‘Virgin Myth’ Victims.” CNN.com. June 5, 2009. Accessed: August 24, 2009.
Sutton, Amy L., ed. Sexually Transmitted Diseases Sourcebook. Detroit, MI: Omnigraphics.