Sexual Infections From Bacteria: Long-term Damage
If we talk about sexually transmitted infections, the ones caused by viruses are the ones that sound the most concerning. HIV, human papilloma virus or syphilis, are the worst names that nobody would like to see in their test results. However, these are not the only micro-organisms that may be transmitted from one person to another through unprotected sexual relations.
Bacteria and antibiotics
On the other hand, if we think about bacteria, perhaps we are calmed by the idea that our old allies: antibiotics, everything will be all right. This in part is true: infections caused by bacteria may be controlled with antibiotics, the problem is that many times, people don’t give them the importance they deserve and may not take action to stop them.
This lack of attention may be due to the fact that certain bacterial infections don’t cause “difficult” symptoms and these frequently may be temporary. Chlamydia, for example, does not always cause symptoms and when it does, these are usually temporary and not very specific, such as pain when urinating or pain in the lower abdomen. Perhaps the person does not link these symptoms as a consequence of an unprotected sexual relation, and therefore will not think it necessary to have a medical consult.
Even if the symptoms go away
Nevertheless, although the symptoms may go away, chlamydia will not. Although the infection may present itself in men and women, in the case of women, it will settle either in the cervix or in the uterus itself, the fallopian tubes or even in the ovaries.
With time, bacteria may generate severe problems, such as pelvic inflammatory disease, which can also be caused by gonorrhea and bacterial vaginosis.
Among the symptoms of pelvic inflammatory disease are: heavy and painful menstrual bleeding, abdominal pain, fatigue, fever, vaginal discharge with foul odor and pain during sexual intercourse. And, if the disease is not treated, it may produce problems such as infertility, chronic pain in the lower abdomen and ectopic pregnancy (in which the pregnancy occurs in the fallopian tubes instead of in the uterus).
The best solution
To avoid pelvic inflammatory disease there are two choices. The first, is to use a condom in all of your sexual relations, in order to avoid infections. The second (and not mutually exclusive) is frequent testing to detect sexually transmitted infections, this way you will be able to know your health status in this regard and start treatment in case you need it.
At AHF we have free condoms for you, we also provide free HIV and STI testing, counseling and we accompany you so you may access free treatment. Make your appointment here, today.