Increase in STDs in Israel causing serious health problems

A growing number of Israelis are suffering from complications from sexually transmitted diseases like chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis, ynet reported.

Over the past two years, sexually transmitted diseases have increased in the country, and it worries experts who fear that bacteria linked to STDs are developing into antibiotic resistance.

“Out of thousands of sexually transmitted disease cases a month, we see dozens of people suffering complications,” said Dr. David Shasha, infectious disease expert and director of the newly opened STD Clinic at Ichilov Medical Center in Tel Aviv. . ynet.

He added that it was a “phenomenon” affecting the whole country.

“Some of the cases are severe and include neurological complications resulting from syphilis or herpes, which sometimes end in disability and brain damage,” he said.

Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted disease in Israel, with a 12% increase in recent years. Among other things, it can cause pelvic pain, inflammation, bleeding and pain during intercourse, ynet reported.

In addition, gonorrhea is on the increase and can infect the genitals and throat. It can cause different types of pain, including bleeding during sex or between periods, but 30-60% of women who suffer from it have no symptoms.

Syphilis can develop in different stages, but in the worst case it can damage different organs, including the nervous system, heart, blood vessels and brain.

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