Why Women are Vulnerable to Sexual Transmission of STDs

Why Women are Vulnerable to Sexual Transmission of STDs

  • December 19, 2022

The Gender Gap in STDs: Why Women are Vulnerable to Sexual Transmission of STDs

Sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs, are a big problem in the United States. In 2016, there were 1.6 million new cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis reported. That’s an increase of 200% from 2015 to 2016.

STDs are spread through sexual activity with someone who has the disease and can be passed on even if someone does not have any symptoms. The most common symptom is a discharge from the penis or vagina, but many people show no symptoms at all.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified some factors that might contribute to this rapid increase in STDs, including lack of awareness about STDs, difficulty accessing health care services, and reluctance to use condoms because they interfere with sexual pleasure.

The Reality of STDs and the Need for Female-Specific Prevention Methods

Sexually transmitted diseases are a major health concern in the United States. It is estimated that there are 20 million new cases of STDs each year. The CDC estimates that 1 in 4 sexually active people will contract an STD by the time they reach age 25.

Many women are not aware of the risks and symptoms associated with STDs, and often do not take precautions to protect themselves. For example, only 40% of women use condoms regularly, and less than half of sexually active women have been tested for STDs in the last year.

How Do Men’s and Women’s Bodies Differ When It Comes to STDs?

There are a number of ways in which men’s and women’s bodies differ. For example, women have more blood vessels in their genitals than men do, which makes them more susceptible to infection from certain sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Women also have a longer vaginal canal, which can make it easier for bacteria to travel up into the uterus or fallopian tubes than for males, who have a shorter urethra.

Men are more likely to contract HIV because they have larger genitalia, which creates a greater surface area for exposure. Additionally, sperm contains enzymes that can destroy some viruses, so it is less likely that sperm and vaginal fluids would contain HIV.

What are the possible treatments for STDs?

The first type of treatment for STDs is antibiotics. Antibiotics are drugs that work by killing bacteria in the body, which are the cause of most STDs. Antibiotics can be used to treat bacterial infections like syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and many others.

The second type of treatment for STDs is antiviral drugs. Antiviral drugs are medicines that fight viruses in the body and help prevent or treat viral infections like herpes and HIV/AIDS.

The third treatment for STDs is surgery to remove an STD-causing lesion or tissue from a person’s genitals or anus. This can be done to cure some types of HPV or cancerous growths that are caused by HPV.

Moreover, there are treatments such as topical creams that can be applied to the skin on a person’s genitalia to prevent infection.

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