Yes, it truly is THIS big of a problem

 

In the past year ther were more than one million cases of chlamydia reported in the United States although there were an estimated 2.8 million total cases. This is HUGE!! And we still have waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay more cases of most sexually transmissible infections (STI) compared to other developed countries such as France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, Japan and Canada.

Part of this supposed increase likely has to do with better testing. More clinics, for example, now test men for chlamydia and gonorrhea with a urine (pee) test rather than using a urethral swab (which was sort of like having a Q-tip inserted into men’s urethra). But it’s also likely that we generally have an increase in some infections. Chlamydia and gonorrhea, for example, can be transmitted through oral sex and it seems like teenagers and young adults engage in a fair amount of oral sex. It is also worrisome when we have high rates of chlamydia and gonnorhea because these suggest that people are having intercourse without condoms, or that they are using condoms incorrectly, as these two infections are transmitted through sexual fluids (e.g., vaginal fluids or ejaculate) whereas even condoms do not offer complete protections against herpes or the human papillomavirus (HPV).

Read the full article here.

In this image, above (taken by me), you will find the gonorrhea doll on the left and the syphilis doll on the right. Here they are in a flower bed, but normally they are found in or around your genitals or mouth. And also they are for sale at this site. (The dolls are loosely modeled after what the bacteria actually look like under a microscope).

About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at www.sexualhealth.indiana.edu.