Syphilis causes more than 200,000 stillbirths and infant deaths all around the world and after years can also lead to blindness, dementia or paralysis. It is important to understand the causes of the rise in STDs.

Sexual health: Here’s why syphilis and other sex-related infections are on the rise!

Sexual health: Here’s why syphilis and other sex-related infections are on the rise!  |  Photo Credit: Getty Images

New Delhi: Just when we thought that sexually transmitted diseases are reducing all around the world, the news that these diseases are rebounding, especially in developed countries came out. According to Bloomberg, the US has the highest rate of sexually transmitted diseases and is costing the country about $16 million for preventable healthcare services.

The consequences of such diseases can be very serious and should definitely be taken into consideration. The rise of these diseases can have very serious repercussions. For example, syphilis causes more than 200,000 stillbirths and infant deaths all around the world and after years can also lead to blindness, dementia or paralysis. It is important to understand the underlying causes of this rise, so the problems can be avoided and averted.

Inconsistent condom usage

While the world becomes more aware of safe contraception, some people may not be taking the need for them seriously. Inconsistent condom usage is one of the prominent causes of the rise of STDs and other related infections.

Abuse of illicit drugs

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention say that the increasing rate of syphilis among women may be because of rising in sexualised drug use. Illicit drugs facilitate the process of having unprotected sex and having sex with multiple partners which increases chances of STDs.

Antibiotic resistance

Antibiotic resistance is caused when a microbe becomes immune to an antibiotic which once could cure the illness being caused due to the microbe. Many people around the world have developed antibiotic resistance against diseases transmitted sexually like gonorrhoea and shigellosis which makes it difficult to treat and cure them.

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a professional healthcare provider if you have any specific questions about any medical matter.

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