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Teen Boys Getting More STDs/STIs

Posted Jul 19 2009 10:49pm

You’d think with all the education and publicity available, rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) would be dropping, but they’re not dropping; they’re climbing.

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According to this Reuters article, CDC: STD Rates Up in Boys, Teens Need Better Sex Education,

the annual rate of AIDS diagnoses for boys aged 15 to 19 years has nearly doubled in the past 10 years, and rates of syphilis are also up.

and

Infections with the human immune deficiency virus that causes AIDS rose among boys aged 15 to 19 from 1.3 cases per 100,000 in 1997 to 2.5 cases in 2006.

That’s frightening. STIs include:

Chlamydia -

It is possible to have chlamydia without symptoms, or in boys not strong noticeable symptoms. It can still be passed on to girls, however, and this can cause serious health issues. The signs and symptoms of chlamidia in males are:

  • a burning feeling when urinating
  • a watery or milky discharge coming out of the penis
  • burning or itching around the entrance of the penis
  • pain in the testicles

Gonorrhea -

  • a burning feeling when urinating
  • a thick greenish-yellow discharge coming out of the penis
  • burning or itching around the entrance of the penis
  • pain in the testicles

Trichomonas -

  • a burning feeling when urinating
  • slight discharge coming out of the penis
  • burning or itching around the entrance of the penis

Syphilis -

Syphilis is a very serious STI and it doesn’t have the symptoms that you see with most others.

“Syphilis causes painless sores on the genitals or they can be hidden in the mouth, vagina or rectum. It can also cause a rash anywhere on the body. The infection is spread through contact with the sores or rashes. “(Source: Public Health Agency of Canada )

Genital Warts -

These may show as warts visible on your penis, scrotum, or around your anus. But, it’s possible to have warts and not know it.

Herpes -

Another type of infection that is possible to have without you realizing it.

” A large number of people infected with herpes will not have symptoms and therefore you may not know you have it. If you have herpes symptoms you will most likely feel itching or tingling on your skin and then develop painful blisters that turn into sores. It will heal by itself. When you first have an outbreak of herpes, you may also feel like you have the flu and symptoms may last several weeks.” (Source: Public Health Agency of Canada )

Hepatitis -

Yet another infection you may not realize.

You can have hepatitis B and not have any signs or symptoms.  You can still pass the virus on without knowing it. You may feel:

  • tired
  • pain in your abdomen
  • strange color urine or stool
  • yellowish skin, yellow in the white of your eyes
  • no appetite
  • nauseous

And finally, HIV -

You won’t know you’re infected unless you have a blood test or your infection is advanced enough to cause some symptoms. In fact, you may have it for many years, passing it on to your sexual partners unknowingly all that time.

Doctors and nurses encourage anyone who participates in risky sexual behavior (such as multiple partners) be tested regularly for HIV.

Men - do you speak to your sons about these things? Someone has to.

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Teen Boys Getting More STDs/STIs


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