Sexually transmitted infections: My story and how i am dealing with it

Sexually transmitted infections (STI), also known as sexually transmitted diseases (STD) are one of mankind’s oldest enemies, and a lot of our struggles for progress, in the realms of both biological and social science, have been a constant weapon to fight this relentless killer. It is something so inter-connected with human life, and most of all our sense of survival, that a lot of our civilizational, religious and cultural habits were, in a beginning now lost in history, directly rooted in a conscious or unconscious desire to avoid their influence. At a point “or, actually, during most points“ in history, the act of being careless or ignorant about their dangers was more than likely to mean death, and, at a social level, it could have meant humanityв’s very extinction.

In modern age, although the subject is still enough to cast fear in most people’s minds, and to cause an immense negative effect in their lives, the situation is far from being as grim as it used to be. Still, we are not and should not, ever steer away from this combat. Australia has seen a constant rise in cases of STI infections, accompanying other developed nations in this undesired behaviour. Now while it is fair to theorize that the reason for this is that people are getting more and more chances to be examined, and that what we are seeing is an exposition of cases that were already there, lurking in the dark, far from our eyes; and that undoubtedly some of the numbers forcibly need to be associated with this, very desirable and healthy, fact; it is also necessary, to the same degree, to admit that there are aspects of how our world is changing that can, and have to, add to this problem we fought so hard to solve.

Australia has a very pronounced and well known problem with chlamydia, and people, both with a good intention, and with deceitful profit intentions (such as the famous case of a company spreading false profiles on social media dating apps in order to scare users into buying their protective products, in the condoms), have seen a co-relation between the recent migration of sexual purses to the internet and the rise on the STI problem.

Technology facilitates, broadens and, many times, according to recognition made by verified speCialists both in the fields of science and of technology, influences the user’s will and sexual behaviour through mechanisms of attention-grabbing and fueling of addictions. And all that leaves us with what more and more becomes a revolution in the way we live our life. Australiaв’s problem with chlamydia has been found out to predate all these events, but it has also been seen to co-relate with it in many ways. Of course that realization naturally reflects on all other STIs that we see on the rise.

Other factors also add to this, as Australia has a very well-known problem of alcoholism and drugs, which are big players for the side of carelessness, when our lifestyle is already tending more and more in that direction because of the internet effect. Now, there is absolutely no reason to understand this as an argument against the internet, against social media, or against alcohol  since it is also easy to see that all those things can be used with discernment and their ill consequences either mitigated or avoided. What we are seeing, though, in both numbers, studies at and mere social observation even, is that this is not the way we, as a society, are behaving before this challenge. We are going in the opposite direction, and consequences are visible. It wouldn’t be paranoid or over-stated to say that it feels like things will never be the same.

STIs are still a cause of death in Australia, regardless of all the progresses of medicine, and notifications released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics denounce a constant rise for almost all sexual diseases. While it is possible, and not totally unfair, to attribute those to individual cases of irresponsibility, the intensity of the occurrences show that there would be absolutely no harm in us starting to ask more questions – some of them easy to ask, something them perhaps hard – about our cultural and social approach to the subject of casual sex, and our relationship with partying and with the internet. A lot can depend on even a subtle re-framing of our habits regarding those.

Felix Black

I am a doctor from Melbourne, VIC. I graduated from Melbourne Medical School in Parkville, Australia and did internship in University of Sydney Central Clinical School
Felix Black

Author: Felix Black

I am a doctor from Melbourne, VIC. I graduated from Melbourne Medical School in Parkville, Australia and did internship in University of Sydney Central Clinical School

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