Quiz 15: Sexually Transmitted Infections and Hivaids


Sexually transmitted diseases have a significant impact on one's health and can range from temporary illness to death of an individual. Also, sexually transmitted infections (STI) have significant social implications. An awareness of STIs, their modes of transmission and how they affect human lives is critical for healthy living. The very nature that STIs are preventable warrants large scale educational programs which will cover all individuals irrespective of their geographical location, educational or economical status. Hence, sexual practices should be safe and responsible. The biggest impacts of STIs are their mode of transmission and the extent of damage they can cause at an individual and at the population levels.

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have significant clinical, economical and social implications. Chlamydia is one of the STIs and is caused by bacterial infection. As this is a common infection with high prevalence rates, individuals should be aware of the infection, its causes and treatment options. Individuals should be careful about contracting Chlamydia infections. The infection can be cured by antibiotics, there is no major need to worry about Chlamydia infection. However, if the infection is not diagnosed and treated soon, it can lead to long-term detrimental effects. These effects include affecting the reproductive structures and other organs such as eyes, joints, etc in both males and females.

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have significant clinical, economical and social implications. It is very important that awareness of STIs should reach all individuals and a concerted effort should be taken to spread the awareness. The impact of STIs on human health is augmented by the fact that they are transmitted by unsafe sex practices and many can have serious long-term effects or even be fatal. Several STIs have a long incubation or latency period and can remain asymptomatic thus resulting in faster transmission among individuals. Women are at a greater risk as some of the infectious agents can cause cancers of the cervix. Also, they can transmit the STIs to newborn through pregnancy or breast feeding. Hence, it is imperative that all individuals respond positively to being educated about STIs.