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Sexually transmitted infections are common pathogens

17 Aug, 2020
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Sexually transmitted infections, or STIs (also called sexually transmitted diseases or STDs) have a fair amount of unjust social stigma. While some pathogens spread through coughs and sneezes, others spread through contaminated food prep areas or undercooked meats. Pathogens survive by infecting new hosts, and have evolved over time to spread through various interactions. With this in mind, it is no surprise that some pathogens spread through intercourse and other sexual contact. These pathogens should have no more stigma than the flu.

Wearing a condom is an easy way to prevent the spread of STIs. Nevertheless, If you catch a sexually transmitted infection, it does not mean you are dirty or promiscuous. Old-fashioned beliefs about sex lead to feelings of shame, lower rates of treatment for STIs, and poor sex education.

 Don’t be afraid to request STI testing from your healthcare provider if they don’t ask you about it. Any burning or pain with urination, unusual discharge from your penis, rashes, sores, or wart like growths should be brought to your healthcare provider’s attention for treatment.

Khashayar Dashti
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