Sexually transmitted diseases, you think you know everything about it until you are hit with an asymptomatic one that aggravates into a severe condition a few years later.
The fact is that despite more than 20 million new cases of STDs being reported each year, most people are unaware of the basic facts about them.
Today, we will share 15 facts about STDs that we bet you weren’t aware of.
#1 – There are more than 25 types of known STDs
You’d probably only heard about syphilis, chlamydia and HIV. But there are more than 25 different known STDs at the moment. Some of them are HIV, Hepatitis, Chancroid, Trichomoniasis, Gonorrhea, Herpes, Chlamydia, HPV, Syphilis, Scabies, LGV, MPC, BV, PID, Crabs and Molloscum Contagiosum.
#2 – A lot of them are incurable
That’s not very reassuring, is it? But the number of sexually transmitted diseases that cannot be cured keeps increasing. As of now, there are at least five which cannot be cured.
#3 – Most of them don’t have symptoms
Another reason why prevention is always better than cure. Most people do not know that they are carrying an STD until the infection has spread or become severe.
#4 – Douching won’t prevent an STD
There’s a common misconception that douching can help prevent an STD. Sorry to break the bubble. It can’t.
#5 – STDs can spread through oral sex as well
If you thought that going down on your sexual partner was safe, think again. Oral sex is one of the main ways in which STDs, particularly Hepatitis, Gonorrhea and Chlamydia spread.
#6 – Anal intercourse is high risk
Going through the back door unprotected is considered to be the highest-risk sexual practice ever.
#7 – Even mutual masturbation isn’t safe
Even contact with bare skin or lesions is enough to spread conditions like Pubic lice and herpes. Even HPV can spread through mutual masturbation.
#8 – Condoms aren’t foolproof either
You may be wearing a condom during intercourse. But if the person has a herpes sore near their thigh or buttock, you are open for infection. Wear a condom no matter what you do or where you touch an unknown partner.
#9 – 40,000 people are infected with HIV each year in the US alone
#10 – Some can cause cancer and even death
Gonorrhea and syphilis if left untreated can progress to more severe life threatening conditions like cancer. In extreme cases, it can even cause death.
#11 – Women are more prone to STDs
Women are more likely to contract STDs than men. That’s just the anatomy. Syphilis is the only condition that is more prevalent among men.
#12 – Some STDs remain undetected even in tests
HIV for example, can remain dormant for months after exposure to it. It is revealed in tests only after a year or two post exposure.
#13 – People aged 15-24 are at the most risk for contracting an STD
Statistics reveal that almost 12,000 young men and women between the age of 15-24 contract an STD every day in the US.
#14 – Close to 50% of women who are sexually active can be infected with HPV
Thankfully, only about 10% of these are infected with a dangerous strain of the virus which can cause cervical cancer if left untreated.
#15 – Some very famous and infamous men suffered from Syphilis
How’s Al Capone for starters? There’s Hitler, Napoleon and Benito Mussolini in the list.