want to focus on two major problems that go hand in hand: the possibility of unwanted pregnancy and STDs or sexually transmitted diseases (for which There is no morning after pill that covers anyone.).
What are some of the most common sexually transmitted diseases?
The responsible bug is a bacterium called Chlamydia trachomatis that likes young people, especially girls. And even more so if they have multiple relationships. Does that sound familiar to us? In addition to the characteristic burning or itching, the thing can get complicated and not be a joke. If not treated properly, pelvic inflammatory disease can develop (which can eventually lead to infertility or ectopic pregnancy). The added complication? Sometimes it does not cause symptoms but it can still be transmitted . The most difficult yet? Although condoms help prevent infection, they are not 100% effective. They are of the type that are the condoms .
2. Genital herpes:
The author of the mess is a virus, specifically the herpes virus. She has several things in common with her friend Chlamidia: it can be transmitted even if there are no symptoms and the condom does not prevent contagion 100% either. Here the added “grace” is that herpes virus is a very homemade virus and once it is installed in the body, it stays alive. For ever and ever. Treatments relieve symptoms but don’t kill the bug. That is, a genital herpes is like diamonds: forever . But in sketchy.
Ugly name where there are. And in addition to the ugly name, it also has everything: he likes youngsters, sometimes the infection is asymptomatic and the condom does not prevent contagion 100%. Like Chlamidia, it can cause pelvic inflammatory disease in women. In this case, there is treatment with antibiotics, but the appearance of resistance makes its efficacy increasingly difficult. In this post you can find an explanation of why antibiotic resistance occurs .
4. HIV / AIDS:
It seems that everything has been said about acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, but despite the advances in antiretroviral therapy, it is not by far a problem that only belongs to the past. The AIDS virus weakens the immune system of the infected person so that they end up developing different infections, including different types of cancer, more easily.
The human papilloma virus is a virus that about half of women who have sexual intercourse throughout their lives come into contact with. It is linked to cervical cancer and genital warts (“genital warts” sounds almost as horrifying as “gonorrhea”). In this post you have all the information about the human papillomavirus vaccine , not without controversy.
In this case, the protagonist is again a bacterium: Treponema pallidum. So that nobody misses the party, the sores caused by syphilis make it easier to spread or acquire HIV. The condom is useful but not infallible and in this case there is antibiotic treatment. Nor is it a disease of the past and, in fact, in the US they are concerned about the high number of children born with this disease (it is transmitted to the fetus).
7. Hepatitis B:
Although AIDS sounds much more like “coconut,” I want to end by stopping at a disease that is also sexually transmitted and less afraid of: Hepatitis B. Although the prognosis is favorable in most cases, one dies. of every 100 people who suffer from it.
What can we do to avoid this nonsense?
Although access to information seems to be easier than ever today, some recent survey indicates that only one in four Spanish women say they have enough information about contraceptives and sexuality . Perhaps the crux of the matter is that access to information is easy, but there is no interest in accessing that information.
I am convinced that few young people between 15 and 24 years old (the most likely to get STDs) know the repercussions of the diseases mentioned above. The contraceptive pill creates a false sense of security in many young women, who believe that at most they can catch “fungus” and that clotrimazole will be resolved. Perhaps if it were explained to them that a simple chlamydia or gonorrhea could prevent them from being mothers tomorrow, they would think about it.
The Apothecary’s Advice
I have dropped the “or not” in the previous paragraph because in my opinion, in addition to sexual training, what we urgently need in this country is adequate training for young people on the dangers of alcohol intake. A few days ago my colleague Melisa Tuya talked about it in her post “Spanish kids drink too much alcohol and we adults give them an example of shit . ”
There is no point investing hours and hours in sex education if those boys are going to plimplar a bottle of vodka between two or three (the proportions of the bottle are around there). Because when this happens, under the influence of alcohol those boys will not remember anything they heard, nothing about that video they put on them. Much less than what they read (reading is perhaps science fiction).
Luckily or unluckily, without alcohol ” there are no balls ” as Perez Reverte said the other day referring to another story . So let’s start by taking care of the alcohol so we can disinfect the rest.