The US is going through a rising epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases where women are bearing most of the burden. Women have turned out to be the prime victim of heterosexual transmission. In Heterosexual couples, the disease is easily transmitted through man to women than from the woman to man. A susceptible woman is more prone to disease than a man at risk. STDs like Chlamydia and Gonorrhea are the major cause of infertility and ectopic pregnancies in the United States. The vaginal skin of the woman is more sensitive and delicate than man’s skin on a penis, this allows bacteria to easily penetrate and infect the woman said Dr. Hunter Handsfield. Hunter Handsfield has researched on sexually transmitted diseases for 40 years.
Once a woman is infected with a sexually transmitted disease, it is expected to be more severe and damaging for her health. In the case of herpes, due to the nature of women’s genitalia, they are likely to get more painful blisters than men, said Dr. Handsfield. Women are more susceptible to be infected with human papillomavirus, which causes cervical cancer. It can be deadly if not treated at an early stage. As per the World Cancer Research Fund, Cervical cancer is the eighth most common cancer in the world. The Symptoms of STDs in women are often mistakenly written off as typical generic reasons. If there is a little burning sensation near the urethra, it is often conceived as a result of a spicy diet or less water intake. If there is, some white discharge women often think of it as a yeast infection and try to treat on their own while Chlamydia must be infecting the fallopian tube. STD symptoms in women are generally non-specific.
In the fifth consecutive year, the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has recorded the highest number of gonorrhea and Chlamydia cases. 2.4 million cases have been diagnosed and reported in 2018. The combined number of cases of STD of 2018 and 2019 marks the most cases ever recorded since the authority started to keep a record of these cases in the US. It needs urgent intervention from health officials to prevent the epidemic from hampering more lives.