Sexually transmitted infections on the rise, CDC reports – Cleveland Clinic Newsroom
CLEVELAND — Sexually transmitted infections are on the rise, according to the CDC. The agency reports that cases declined during the first months of the pandemic, but most resurfaced by the end of this year.
“Patients were not coming for their regular checkups, patients even when they thought they were exposed were not seeking care, and many patients had what we call a community barrier in the sense that some affected people reside in communities without access to health. care and did not seek care outside of their community,” explained Tosin Goje, MD, obstetrician and gynecologist at the Cleveland Clinic. “And imagine an infected person who doesn’t go out, doesn’t travel, there’s a tendency to get re-infected, especially in a small community.”
Dr. Goje said there are many ways to help prevent sexually transmitted infections.
The first step is education. The public needs to understand what exactly they are and the signs and symptoms to look out for. These can include unusual discharge, itchy genitals, bumps, sores or warts, painful urination and vaginal bleeding that is not your period.
However, symptoms are not always present, which is why regular check-ups are so important.
Dr Goje said if a person suspects they have a sexually transmitted infection, they really should see their doctor. They can help treat the problem and prevent further spread.
“If you think you’ve been exposed to a sexually transmitted infection or are engaging in high-risk behavior, or if you can’t remember what you did at a recent party, or if you missed a condom , or if you just feel like you’ve just been exposed, then you should ask to be tested,” she advised.
Dr Goje said the most common sexually transmitted infections they treat are gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis and herpes.