How are STDs treated?
Most of the STDs common in the Philippines are curable and treatable with the use of antibiotics. However, the greater problem lies in the fact that most of these infections do not have symptoms. Most people do not even realize that they are infected and spread the disease to others through unprotected sex.
Here are the treatments for the most common STDs:
The most fatal among all STDs in the Philippines is AIDs. The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the cause of the infection. Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is the late stage of HIV infection that occurs when the body’s immune system has been badly damaged by the virus.
In an article dated October 2019, it was stated by the United Nations Program on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) that the Philippines has the fastest growing number of cases of HIV in the world.
The use of condoms may help prevent the spread of HIV. The highest risk for getting HIV is participating in anal sex without the use of condoms. Sharing of syringes or needles is another way it may spread. You can also use HIV prevention medications known as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) or post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) to ensure that you will not contract the disease.
This is a bacterial infection that starts out as a painful sore either in your genitals, rectum, or mouth. Syphilis may become inactive for decades, and then resurface without warning. Syphilis can be treated easily if detected early.
If not treated, it can damage the organs of the body. This includes the heart or the brain, and can become life-threatening. It can also spread from mothers to unborn children.
Gonorrhea can spread through unprotected vaginal, anal, or even oral sex. This infects both men and women. Just like syphilis, a pregnant woman can pass gonorrhea on to her unborn child. You can avoid having this by practicing abstinence or monogamy with your partner. It also helps to use a latex condom in every sexual encounter.
Unsafe sexual practices are the number one reason for the spread of STDs in the Philippines. A 2004 Human Rights Watch study reported how the Catholic Church’s stance against condoms influences the country’s predominantly Catholic population. However, condoms are the most effective way to ensure that you do not contract STDs.
How the Digital Age Is Affecting STDs in the Philippines
The WHO is very concerned with how fast the numbers of STD cases are rising in the Philippines. They believe that dating apps are making it easier for people to spread STDs in the Philippines.
It appears that as sex becomes more readily available, and with antiviral treatments becoming more accessible, people are becoming more complacent about using protection.
If you are sexually active and suspect that you have an STD, consult your doctor. It is important that a doctor diagnose and treat you immediately. Fortunately, most STDs are curable. Though health workers will ask for more details about your condition and sexual history, rest assured that they will not share your identity and your case with others. They will not share information without your consent, guaranteeing your privacy in these matters.
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