Detroit health care facilities, local physicians and schools are working with the CDC in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Health in implementing an annual risk behavior survey to be administered to the teens in the community to survey teenage risky behavior. The survey is directed toward middle school to high school aged students. It is anticipated the survey will give guidance to the areas needing more education so the youth can make better choices when it comes to sex, drugs, and drinking.
The University of Texas, College of Health Sciences, is researching the border cities with Mexico, including El Paso and the sexually transmitted diseases among the female sex workers (FSW). The scientists from UT are researching the female sex workers aged 18 years and older without any known HIV infections. Chlamydia was more prevalent among
Vaginal dryness can be a cause of painful sexual intercourse in which a woman seeks to find a lubricant that can ease the dryness. Many look no further than the medicine cabinet for what is available and use the petroleum jelly, known to many as “Vaseline”. This is an oil based product that will cause problems for a condom that should be used if practicing safe sex, the interior vaginal area is also affected when the products are used. Oil based products disrupt the balance of the vaginal area and the normal production of good and bad bacteria found in a healthy female’s vaginal area. Bacteria vaginosis is the commonly known issue resulting from petroleum jelly. This vaginal infection increases the risk of other infections, sexually infectious diseases and even pelvic inflammatory diseases with constant use over a period of time.
The CDC estimates over 19 million new STD cases will be documented each year in the US. The largest new cases will be Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. April is the month that is marked to recognize sexually transmitted diseases and to encourage STD testing for all that are sexually active. STDs are transferred between sexual partners and by those that share needles to administer drugs. So many sexually transmitted diseases have symptoms that are easily ignored that treatment is delayed or does not happen and the disease continues to spread to others that one comes in contact with.
Hepatitis is one of the sexually transmitted diseases that can be prevented through the administration of vaccines. Many high risk workers, such as those in the medical industry and military are vaccinated to protect them from hepatitis. With all the medical advances,health agencies have been alarmed to see an increase of hepatitis in Baltimore, Maryland among the sexually active. A simple blood test is needed to test for hepatitis. A common protocol for anyone that has tested positive for a sexually transmitted disease is encouraged to also be tested and vaccinated for hepatitis.
The female condom is used as a birth control method just as the male condom has been used for decades. As with the male condom, female condoms can be used to protect the female user from sexually transmitted diseases. Jacksonville, Florida and the Health Services Center, that is a part of the University of Florida, would like to see more female condoms used to empower women to protect their sexual health. While some see the female condom as less effective than the male condom; when the female condom is worn properly the condom is offering the user options for protection during sexual exploration activities.
Chlamydia is a growing problem for Indiana and especially chlamydia in Indianapolis, where approximately half of the statewide statistics of new STD cases are documented. Chlamydia is the fastest spreading of the documented cases of sexually transmitted diseases. Following is gonorrhea and syphilis and then HIV. There is concern chlamydia has grown resistant to the standard antibiotic treatment protocol. With the growing resistance comes the concern that many with Chlamydia will not return for follow-up testing and consider themselves healed. This group will unknowingly continue to spread the STD to sexual partners and have the STD affect their sexual health as well.
Studies of the HPV vaccine continue to show the vaccine adds protection from cervical cancer. The CDC and researchers continue to encourage the vaccination of young girls and young women with the HPV vaccine. Parents continue to have HPV vaccine concerns and worry about the safety of the vaccine and its long term effects. More than 100 different strains of HPV exist; many cause genital and anal warts along with the other exposures of sexually transmitted diseases when a young woman is sexually active.
The Houston Department of Health and Human Services has documented what has been declared an outbreak of syphilis due to the increase number of new cases. Syphilis was the sexually transmitted diseases best known during WWII and the soldiers that fought. HDHHS is encouraging the public that are sexually active to get tested for STDs. This is especially important for men having sex with men, those that have multiple partners or have tested positive for other sexually transmitted diseases. These groups are even more susceptible to acquiring syphilis and other STDs.
A yeast infection affects 75 percent of women and 15 percent of men at some time during their lifetime. Men usually acquire a yeast infection from a sexual partner with a vaginal yeast infection during sexual intercourse. Although, not considered a sexually transmitted disease, a yeast infection can have similar symptoms as an STD. Identifying whether you have a yeast infection or an STD can be vital as their symptoms can mirror each other. With the symptoms associated with a yeast infection closely resembling those of some STDs, a sexually transmitted disease from unprotected sex can go easily ignored and untreated when not tested by a STD testing center or clinic.