Remember these 4 facts during Sexually Transmitted Infections Month
By Capital Women's Care
April 16, 2014
Category: Sexual Activity
4 Important Facts During Sexually Transmitted Infection Awareness Month
Did you know that April is STI Awareness Month? While it is important to raise awareness all year long, we want to take the time to pay a little more attention to this important topic during the month of April. STI awareness month was created to remind people of the dangers of unprotected intercourse and to give people that extra push to get tested if they are sexually active. As gynecologists serving Montgomery County, we want to make sure you are prepared. Let’s take a look at some important information regarding STI awareness during the month of April.
Treating STIs costs the United States an estimated $17 billion each year!
Wow, that’s a lot! Each year there are about 19 million new sexually transmitted infections in the United States alone. Half of these new infections occur among young people between the ages of 15 and 24 years old, partly due to a lack of proper sexual health resources needed to make healthy decisions.
The STI epidemic is driven by HPV and Chlamydia.
While there is already a vaccine to prevent one, it is still important to raise awareness. Chlamydia is easily cured with antibiotics, while HPV can be prevented through an extremely effective vaccine. However, young Americans are still not getting their HPV shots to aid in prevention.
Women disproportionately bear the burden of STIs.
Unfortunately, due to the female anatomy, the negative impacts of STDs tend to weigh more heavily on women because they are more likely to contract STDs than men are. However, they are also less likely to notice symptoms, both because they are less apparent on female genitalia and because women sometimes confuse an STD symptom for a less serious issue, such as a yeast infection.
Without further research in vaccines, common STIs can become resistant to antibiotics.
Currently, gonorrhea is the second most common STI in the U.S. However, it’s growing resistance to the only effective antibiotic on the market poses an issue for those infected. As noted by the CDC, gonorrhea is a major cause of serious reproductive complications in women and can facilitate HIV transmission.
No matter how old you are, when was the last time you were tested? During April, take notice of important information on STIs and schedule and appointment with one of our Rockville gynecologists. We want to help spread the word and fight this growing problem, which begins with you. Contact us today for more information.