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.
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.
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.
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.
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.