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Wrap It Up: Some Sexually Transmitted Infections Are Becoming Harder to Treat

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While we subscribe to the notion that every person should have a healthy and rewarding sex life, The Prim & Perverse advises you should always play sure and safe. If you have been pretty lax on using protection over the years, here’s why it’s time to be more vigilant about your actions. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are becoming more challenging to treat.

On Tuesday, the organization issued new treatment guidelines for chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis. The press release states, “Chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis are all caused by bacteria and are generally curable with antibiotics. However, these STIs often go undiagnosed and are becoming more difficult to treat, with some antibiotics now failing as a result of misuse and overuse. It is estimated that, each year, 131 million people are infected with chlamydia, 78 million with gonorrhoea, and 5.6 million with syphilis.”

As the STIs become more resilient, antibiotics are rapidly becoming ineffective. Of the three STIs, the organization says gonorrhoea has developed the strongest resistance to antibiotics. There are a number of strains of gonorrhoea that are now defiant to antibiotics. While antibiotic resistance chlamydia and syphilis aren’t as common, it is still critical to make prevention and prompt treatment.

Ian Askew, Director of Reproductive Health and Research of WHO , said, "Chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis are major public health problems worldwide, affecting millions of peoples' quality of life, causing serious illness and sometimes death. The new WHO guidelines reinforce the need to treat these STIs with the right antibiotic, at the right dose, and the right time to reduce their spread and improve sexual and reproductive health. To do that, national health services need to monitor the patterns of antibiotic resistance in these infections within their countries."

So ladies and gentlemen be safe and wrap it up. If you’re in a long-term committed relationship and have been lax on using protection, be sure to get tested and stay knowledgeable about STIs and any new guidelines WHO may issue.

Written by Nikki Shariee

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