Do Australians Suffer From STDs

Australia is in no exception when it comes to having issue with STDs. Although its rate is lower than most countries there are still a ways to go solving the issue of STDs, but perhaps there is another way to look at STDs a way in which we can understand how STDs have shaped society and the role they play in even shaping Australia’s society. STDs have been around before the beginning of human existence. Syphilis, herpes, UTIs have been in existence for far longer than we can remember before we even knew about bacteria and microscopic germs. If anything one could argue that STDs gave the incentive for us to advance our civilization. They create a world that is difficult for us sexual creatures to thrive in, one in which drives us to improve our medicine and the way we view the world in such a way to solve these issues. Before the advent and understanding of science which was the harbinger for modern medicine to treat STDs people developed morals.

Types Of STDs

How culture affects STDs

Morality is highly influenced by diseases, STDs in particular. We, as a human society, often and quite wrongly shun those with different sexual orientations than us for their sexual promiscuity. Societies generally shun the female sexuality or same sex partnerships and it is wrong, but how did we arrive at this stage? Even men struggle with STDs. The prevalence of STDs that we as humans faced before our understanding of germs and medicine created a fear of promiscuity; it made humanity into primarily a species which extolled the virtue of monogamy; which means one male, one female/male relationship. Many societies see monogamy as a positive thing, people often dream about their soulmates and their desire to find that one special person that they’re in love with. This is a predilection that aroused out of nature and our desire to reduce the rate and chance of STDs.

Relationships

This preference of monogamous relationships is something that one can argue built society, it gave our species strong preference for long-term planning in relationships in order to avoid the spread of diseases and one that ultimately lead to increase of wealth and resources. Traditions which promoted monogamy such as marriage or girlfriend/boyfriend relationships improved our society and halted to spread of diseases to an extent. The fear of STDs also motivated people to find drugs to treat them and advanced medicine as there is a high demand on Valtrex medicine to treat STDs. Countries such as Australia where monogamy is highly prevalent in society STD rates are considerably lower and society is more stable.

Lower rates in Australia

Australia and other developed nations where there are strong traditions around monogamy have demonstrably lower STDs rates than those which lack traditions. We can also correlate the decline of traditions such as marriage and other social constructs with the rise in STDs. I’m not saying it’s wrong not to get marriage, only that there is a correlation. Of course there may be unfortunate outliers where a monogamous couple my somehow come into contact with STDs, but we find with various research and studies that most often the rate of STD infections obvious decline with less sexual partners.

Economic effects

Furthermore, we can also see, in comparison, that highly promiscuous societies that STD infection is much more common. Now whether this is related to the fact that underdeveloped countries have less access to medicine and advanced practice techniques or that the culling of tradition has led to more promiscuous activity and thus less economic develop remains unforeseen. It’s the chicken and the egg argument.

Which came first?

Although, we’re not certain we can probably assume that there is a bit of truth to both arguments.

There is also evidence that points to tribes which have not been assimilated or disturbed much by outside forces have lower rates of STD. There may also be less STDs in tribal societies in which there are strong monogamous traditions.

Human ingenuity

So, what is this all building up to here? I suppose this is just a unique way of looking at a problem that has been difficult for human history. We as humans enjoy sex, but unfortunately it can sometimes come at a cost. Hundreds and thousands of Australians are suffering from STDs daily and it’s something hopefully in the future that we will be able to solve.

Maybe the clues to solving these issues may lay in the past of human history and perhaps the traditions that were spurred on by monogamy such as chastity for females and marriage will reduce STDs and help society grow or maybe someday hopefully medicine will advance to the point where STDs are easily treatable. A day when humans can enjoy having sex and avoid the baggage or risks that come with it for the betterment of not only Australian, but humankind.

 

Sexually Transmitted Infections: What to know about treatment and prevention

Most sexually transmitted infections have readily available treatments that are simple to administer. In Australia, it is estimated that there are over 225 thousand new sexually transmitted infections among people aged 15 to 29 years old annually. There has been an increase in both people testing for sexually transmitted infections and being diagnosed with having an infection at any given time.

Common Stds
Rise Of STIs

Considering this information, there is still a third of the Australians that have undiagnosed and untreated sexually transmitted infections among the younger population of people

This pose a dangerous issue with people’s health because untreated sexually transmitted infections can lead to dementia, heart failure, blindness and brain damage. It has been noted that among men and women, most of the sexually transmitted infections have been diagnosed more in men than in females. Australia has noted that most of the sexually transmitted infections that are diagnosed among men are from men who have sexual contact and intercourse with other men. Other factors in men that play a part in this occurrence is that the higher percentage of these men that have interactions with other men are in urban areas and younger age groups. The urban areas are unique in that women are increasing in the diagnoses of sexually transmitted infections. This may be due to the fact that men having sexual interactions with other men may be having similar interactions with women.

Sexually transmitted infections are shown to be 3 to 7 times greater in urban areas than in areas that are not urban

Among the younger adults they are not always using protection when they have these infrequent interactions with casual partners. With these transient sexual interactions, people must take extra precautions in have sex with multiple people. This is believed to contribute to the increase in sexually transmitted infections because long term relationships are a thing of the past. Serial dating is the more modern way of dating and are contributing to the increasing rates of sexually transmitted infections. Some other factors that contribute to the increasing rates of sexually transmitted infections is poor access to proper health services.

Compared to people around the world, Australia’s rate of sexually transmitted infections among people aged 15 to 19 years old are very similar

The highest rates of transmission remains constant to be among populations in urban areas. Even though the increasing rate of sexually transmitted infections are seen among men who have sexual contact with other men, has been observed that women in the age range of 15 to 24 having a frequently high infection rate over men out of a sample size of 100 women and 100 men.

Another gap in the Australia system that opens Australians up for the potential spread of sexually transmitted infections are travelers

Many people travel to Australia on vacation and end up having unprotected sex outside of their committed relationships. At this point, that person that is an Australian resident could contract a sexually transmitted infection from a traveler and then take it home to their partner. Sexually transmitted infections are very frequently spread through traveling as people are less careful and are more open to using services provided for sex worker while on vacation. People who travel to Australia on a longer than normal vacation may be more at risk of obtaining and spreading sexually transmitted infections because they feel lonely and opt for sex workers or causal partners to fill that void.

STI rates in Australia

In Australia, with the rates of sexually transmitted infections rising there has been a need demonstrated for development of programs geared towards the prevention of sexually transmitted infections among younger adults. As recent assessments of the rates of sexually transmitted infections among Australians have been sustained and increasing among young adults, there seems to be a more pressing concern to address in regards to the spread of sexually transmitted infections.