Table of contents:
- Find out why there are more and more cases of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and what you can do to avoid them
- Reasons for this increase
- How to protect yourself
Find out why there are more and more cases of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and what you can do to avoid them
Unprotected sex has its consequences. Beyond an unplanned pregnancy, there are sexually transmitted infections that, in addition to multiplying the risk of contracting HIV, can also cause cervical cancer, complications during pregnancy and even infertility, among other problems. And the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control is worrying: for the first time since 2006, cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis have increased. Young people, and women in particular, are one of the most severely affected groups.
Reasons for this increase
Although according to specialists, more studies are needed to determine the causes of this increase, some point out dating apps such as Tinder, OkCupid and Grindr among the main ones. Dr. Harold Wiesenfeld of Pennsylvania mentions these three causes:
Thanks to the apps it is very easy to have temporary sexual encounters.
- Fewer and fewer people die from AIDS.
- Young people think that something like this will not happen to them.
- Always use a condom. The other contraceptive methods may prevent a pregnancy, but do not protect against STIs.
- If you are sexually active and under the age of 25, get an annual test for chlamydia and gonorrhea.
- Get vaccinated against hepatitis B and human papilloma virus (HPV).
- Limit the number of people you have sex with.
How to protect yourself
Get informed so that you are aware of the risks.
According to the CDC, youth ages 15-24 make up half of the 20 million new STI cases that are diagnosed each year.