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STDs Are Rising: What Every Sexually Active Adult Should Know

STDs Are Rising: What Every Sexually Active Adult Should Know

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are on the rise, and it’s crucial for sexually active adults to stay informed. Whether you’re navigating the dating scene or you’re in a committed relationship, awareness and knowledge about STDs are crucial for your well-being. 

At Solace Women's Care, Farly Sejour, MD, Natalie Gould, WHNP-BC, and our dedicated team in Conroe, Texas, take pride in providing comprehensive STD tests to check for any abnormalities. 

We’re not just your providers; we’re your partners in well-being. We keep you informed, empowered, and one step ahead of any potential risks. 

The rise of STDs

According to recent reports from health organizations, cases of STDs are on the rise. Beyond being a concern for public health officials, this news is a wake-up call for anyone engaging in sexual activity. Here’s a closer look at the situation: 

Chlamydia and gonorrhea 

These common bacterial infections have seen a significant uptick in recent years. The ease of transmission and often asymptomatic nature of these infections contribute to their rapid spread. 


Once on the decline, syphilis is making an unfortunate comeback. Early detection and treatment are crucial in combating this resurgent threat. 

Human papillomavirus (HPV)

With more than  100 types, some leading to cancer, HPV is a widespread concern. Vaccination is available, but many adults remain unprotected, contributing to the prevalence of this persistent virus. 

Why the rise? 

Let’s take a moment to explore the underlying factors contributing to the surge in STDs and gain a deeper understanding of the challenges we face. 

Complacency and lack of awareness

In our modern era of advanced medicine, it’s easy to assume that STDs are a problem of the past. However, this complacency is precisely what allows these infections to thrive. 

Lack of awareness about the risks and consequences, coupled with the stigma surrounding STDs, leads to delayed testing and treatment. 

Inconsistent condom use

While condoms are a highly effective barrier method, their use is inconsistent. Factors like alcohol consumption, trust within a relationship, or a simple lack of preparedness contribute to unprotected encounters. It’s crucial to prioritize safe practices, regardless of the circumstances.

Dating apps and changing sexual norms 

The rise of dating apps has revolutionized how we connect, but it has also altered sexual norms. Casual meetups are more accessible than ever, leading to an increase in sexual encounters. 

It’s essential to prioritize open communication about sexual health with potential partners and be proactive in getting tested regularly. 

Protecting yourself and others

Although it's essential to stay informed about STDS, it’s also important to shift your focus toward proactive measures to protect yourself and your partners. Here’s what you should know: 

Communication is key

Open and honest communication about sexual health is a cornerstone of safe practices. Discussing your sexual history, boundaries, and testing history with your partner can help create a culture of responsibility and mutual care.

Regular testing

Regular STD testing should be a nonnegotiable part of your health care routine. Testing is not just for those with symptoms; many STDs are asymptomatic, making routine screening crucial for early detection and treatment. 

Consistent condom use

Condoms remain one of the most effective tools in preventing the spread of STDs. Whether you’re in a long-term relationship or engaging in casual encounters, consistent condom use is a simple yet powerful way to protect yourself and your partner. 

In conclusion, the rise in STDs is a serious concern that demands your attention. By understanding the reasons behind the surge, staying informed about the risks, and taking proactive steps to protect yourself and your partners, we can work together to reverse this trend. 

If you’re ready to take charge of your health, work closely with our team. Call us at 936-441-7100 or send us a message online today.

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