Today is celebrated European Sexual Health Day and experts warn that sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are increasing, especially among young men who have sex with men, and that the fear of contagion has been lost and the consequent lack of precaution in maintaining sexual relations, is one of the main reasons that have favored the increase in the number of people affected by these pathologies.
In the last decade there has been an alarming rise in the incidence of this type of infections, which are characterized by being asymptomatic for a time, so the infected person does not know that it is and inadvertently transmits the disease by maintaining sexual relations without using a condom. That is why specialists recommend that you go immediately to the doctor if you experience any suspicious symptoms or when you have had unprotected relationships.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that around 448 million cases of sexually transmitted diseases (chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhea, genital herpes ...) are diagnosed worldwide each year. Only in our country 2,600 cases of syphilis have been registered, a figure that has doubled in just six years. In addition, genital herpes infections (68%) and chlamydia (13%) in the last two years have also increased, with women being the most affected in these cases. Another sexually transmitted disease, the lymphogranuloma venereumhas significantly increased its incidence in Spain, especially in Madrid and Barcelona, where the highest number of cases in the last 30 years has been recorded.
To stop the rise of STIs, experts insist that sexually active people who change frequently from sexual partners should not neglect protective measures (both male and female condoms) because it is the only way to prevent infection.
Source: Spanish Society of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology (SEIMC)