“A cradle to grave phenomena.” That’s how our subject matter expert in this episode of My Healthy Life refers to STDs. Not quite dinner table talk, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are indeed something that need to become more normalized in our conversations. Despite the common idea that teens or young people are more susceptible, STDs have the potential to impact babies as they are born, teens, senior citizens and anyone in between.
So let’s talk about STDs.
- 22% increase in cases of chlamydia
- 67% increase in cases of gonorrhea
- 76% increase in cases of syphilis
What can we do to help decrease and prevent STDs? “I think the most important thing is to have that dialogue partner,” says Dr. Dowler. Left untreated, STDs can have lifelong impacts including increased risk of giving or getting HIV, chronic pelvic pain or infertility.
Dr. Dowler reminds us all to ask questions! While you may feel embarrassed, but don’t be. Talk openly with your partners and healthcare providers – get tested and get treated.
Dr. Dowler is passionate about educating all generations about STDs – what they are, the risks, screening and treatment options. Hear her stories, laugh a little (or a lot) and become enlightened in the latest episode of My Healthy Life, a podcast by Mission Health.
Shannon Dowler, MD, is a family physician and the chief of community medicine and ambulatory health for Mission Health.
If you are concerned or believe you might have a sexually transmitted disease, make an appointment with your primary care doctor or visit a Mission My Care Now near you.
Resources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention