STIs are a serious health issue but they often go undiagnosed and untreated. Why?
Well, the stigma of the how they come about (through sexual contact) makes people sweep this part of their health under the rug. They don’t want to talk about it, explain it or sometimes, admit to it. Also, some STIs don’t present symptoms straight away, if at all, so they can wreak silent havoc in our bodies without us even knowing.
Complications are as serious as they come. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that ‘STIs have a direct impact on sexual and reproductive health through stigmatization, infertility, cancers and pregnancy complications and can increase the risk of HIV.’
The rate of STIs in Australia, especially tratable ones like Gonorrhoea & Chlamydia, is not something to be laughed off, and testing is your best defence!