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GONORRHEA AND SYPHILIS: FACTS AND FIGURES

 

Two of the better known sexually transmitted diseases (STD) in the world today are gonorrhea syphilis. Throughout the years, both have gained tremendous notoriety due to the effects they bring to their unwary victims. This is especially true way back when knowledge of modern medicine were all too uncommon.

Misconceptions and faulty information was too abundant and it became painfully clear that unless gonorrhea syphilis and other STDs were correctly diagnosed, no accurate and reliable form of treatment can take shape.

Thankfully today, with the aid of modern medicine, gonorrhea syphilis can be safely diagnosed and cured. Facts and figures are available in numbers, and with the help of these, awareness can be heightened and misconceptions erased.

Gonorrhea syphilis are both caused by bacteria that are usually transferred from one person to the next through sexual intercourse.

Gonorrhea is a disease caused by Gram negative bacterium called Neisseria gonorrhea. This is a bacteria that thrives in moist and warm areas of the reproductive tract. These includes the uterus, urethra, fallopian tube and cervix. It can also multiply on certain areas of the body. The anus, mouth, throat and eyes are also susceptible to infection.


Syphilis, on the other hand is caused by the Treponema pallidum bacteria. This disease has often been coined as “the great imitator” due to the fact that many of its signs and symptoms are also prevalent in other diseases.

As for numbers infected, gonorrhea is more common of the two. While reported cases of syphilis in the US amounted to 32,000 during 2002, the number of individuals infected with gonorrhea during 2004 is estimated at about 330,000.

Treatment for syphilis is dependent on the stage of infection. It is relatively easy to cure during its early stages. An injection of penicillin is usually enough to cure an individual who had syphilis for less than a year. If the infected individual has had syphilis for more than a year, additional doses are needed. Other antibiotics are also available to cure syphilis.

Antibiotics are also the key to treat a person diagnosed with gonorrhea. However, several strains of gonorrhea have already become immune to certain antibiotics. The result is that a successful treatment of this disease is getting harder to come by.

More and more reliable information about gonorrhea syphlis are becoming readily available to the public. The Internet is fast becoming a source of information as regards to sexually transmitted diseases. Other mediums are also at hand and these too offer numerous helpful facts and figures that people may easily overlook. Social awareness to these sensitive topics should be increased. Gonorrhea syphilis need not be feared because help is just a click or a phone call away.



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