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Gonorrhoea Becoming Untreatable

What was once a common yet treatable sexually transmitted infection (STI) is now still a very common but potentially untreatable and dangerous one to contract. Gonorrhea is the second most common infectious disease reported in the States today but it’s getting harder and harder to treat. Cefixime, the once effective antibiotic prescribed to clear the body of the bacteria that causes this infection, is becoming steadily less effective thanks to increasing resistance to the bacteria. Cefixime is not the first drug to face this resistance and the bacteria has won out against a multitude of other popular and once successful treatment options. Now, the options beyond this treatment are thin on the ground. So where does that leave us with what is a very common and spreadable infection?




 




Currently, a combination of ceftriaxione, an injectable antibiotic, and either oral azithromycin or doxycycline, are administered in combination. Considering ceftriaxone is more powerful than cefixime and that it is taken in combination with another antibiotic, the potential for resistance is likely to be stymied thanks to the speedy treatment period enabled by the potency of these drugs. Read More...


Sexually transmited infections found to be facilitated by phone apps

Technology affects our ways of meeting and gathering

There is an app for everything. If you are in a foreign country and you don't understand a sign, there is an app that will translate it for you. If you are listening to a song but you don't know what song it is, another app will tell you. If you are wondering where you left your keys, there has to be an app somewher that tells you where they are.




From currency conversion to fashion updates, phone applications have sprouted everywhere and become a part of our life, sometimes as useful tools, sometimes as a source of enternatinment. And if there are apps for things as useless as playing fart sounds (yes, it actually exists), of course there will be some to help satisfy one of the most basic human needs: sex.




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Bacterial Vaginosis is not an STI

The Sensitivity of Sexual Issues

It is extremely difficult to open up about sexual issues for human beings as they are sensitive topics with people often not being open about them even with doctors because they find it strange and uncomfortable to talk about the issues related to their ‘privates’. However, there is no shame in talking about sexual problems that you face or the problems that arise with your sexual organs because at the end of the day, there has to be a medical explanation for the problem and once the medical reason for the issue is found out, treatment can be given in order to eradicate the problem. 




Women generally go through more issues as far as their sexual organs are concerned with complicated issues related to their vagina being the most common. It’s not just periods during which women are disturbed with vaginal discharge. Even during the non-period days, women can experience discharge from their vagina. It’s always important that when you experience such an event that you contact your doctor immediately as it can be an indication of a condition like bacterial vaginosis.




What is Bacterial Vaginosis?

Bacterial Vaginosis is a condition that causes discharge from the vagina with the discharge often having an unusual odor to it. The process of discharge is though mostly not painful at all. The reason behind vaginal discharge as a result of bacterial vaginosis is the increased population of anaerobic bacteria in the vagina. The vagina is already home to a number of different bacterium but the growth in anaerobic bacteria leads to an imbalance and results in vaginal discharge.  Read More...


How serious is Herpes?




What is Herpes?

Sexually Transmitted Diseases and their transmission have grown in the past few decades. Even after governments around the world are making attempts to make the citizens aware of the importance of practicing safe sex, it seems like the disease-causing virus and bacteria have become smarter!




Herpes is one such STD or sexually transmitted disease which has topped the chart of STD’s in the last few decades. Every day, the virus is transmitted to millions of people around the world due to practicing unsafe sex. Here is what it is and how to treat it! Read More...


Sexual Health Service Cuts Could be Disastrous

STIs on the rise




Our world isn't the same as it used to be a few decades ago. Our culture and our social behaviour are very different, and it reflects in all aspects of our lives. Sexuality is no exception. Until the 20th century, our sexual life was very restricted, our options cut short and our possibilities to find willing sexual partners were much lower than today. Of course, there was always a way to skip social prohibitions and obstacles and find people with whom to have sex, but there is no point of comparison between back then and the level of freedom and resources that we enjoy today.




Non-heterosexual sex and extramarital sex are now much more common than before, mostly because people are becoming more open about it. Today, we have resources that allow us to have more - and more varied - sexual experiences. However, this is a two-bladed sword, because this change also increases the transmission of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).  Read More...


Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

STI diagnosis and treatment: the challenges

People usually don't like going to the GP to make a sexual health consultation. There is still a strong taboo around sexuality, especially in cases which aren't conventional or weren't a short time ago - homosexuality, open couples, elderly sex, female promiscuity and others of the like. When a person suspects that they might have a sexually transmitted infection (STI) which requires treatment, they are more likely to resist going to a GP than in the case of other kind of infection or disease. For this reason, it isn't uncommon that some of these conditions remain untreated or undiagnosed, even with the clear presence of symptoms.







Many STIs are easily cured with antibiotics, and don't even leave sequels of any kind. Still, the earlier they are diagnosed and treated, the less chances patients have to suffer long term damage to their health, or at least a more serious syndrome. The more resistant patients are to get their symptoms checked at a genitourinary medicine clinic or a GP, the more likely they are to suffer from complications from STIs. Read More...




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