Consequences of Untreated STDs


What is the worst case scenario if you decide not to treat an STD? After receiving a diagnosis, some people are tempted not to undergo treatment for the disease. This is often because they have no symptoms. However, untreated STDs have a way of sneaking up on people. One day there are no symptoms, and life-threatening complications may arise on the next. It may be helpful to understand the possibilities in order to avoid the worst case scenario.

Untreated STDs like Chlamydia

Chlamydia is extremely common. However, studies suggest that 70 percent of men and 50 percent of women who have Chlamydia have no symptoms. If the disease is left untreated, it can make the carrier more likely to contract HIV, men can become infertile and women may develop pelvic inflammatory disease. Serious complications with pregnancy may arise, and infants may be born with ear infections, pneumonia or a lung infection.

The Dangers of Gonorrhea

Nearly as common as Chlamydia, and often occurring with it, gonorrhea can have terrible consequences when it’s not treated. Miscarriage, scars on the Fallopian tubes and ectopic pregnancies become more likely. Men may experience prostate inflammation, urethra scarring and even infertility. Babies born to infected mothers may be blind or subject to blood and joint infections.

The Prevalence of Herpes

Herpes is so extraordinarily common that it’s safe to assume almost everyone is infected. If the infection is not treated, outbreaks become more severe and frequent. Complications to the immune system may ensue. With the increased risk of other infections, the person with herpes is extremely vulnerable.

A worst case scenario will only arise when STDs remain untreated. Get tested frequently for STDs by a reputable laboratory. This will inform you about the status of your health, and enable you to seek treatment when necessary.

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