April is STD Awareness Month in the United States. Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)/Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are not something any of us want. But…

In Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs): Key Facts the World Health Organization (WHO) note as at 03 August 2016:

  • “More than 1 million sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are acquired every day worldwide
  • Each year, there are an estimated 357 million new infections with 1 of 4 STIs: chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis and trichomoniasis
  • More than 500 million people are estimated to have genital infection with herpes simplex virus (HSV)
  • More than 290 million women have a human papillomavirus (HPV) infection
  • The majority of STIs have no symptoms or only mild symptoms that may not be recognized as an STI”.

Meno Martha and Sexually Transmitted InfectionsIn Sexual Health & Menopause Online: Reminders and Resources – Safe Sex Rules Still Apply the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) remind us:

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“Once you’ve reached menopause, just because you can’t get pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t contract a sexually transmitted infection (STI)”.

Depending on the Source the definition of STIs/STDs may vary. In Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs): Key Facts the WHO’s definition is:

“STIs are spread predominantly by sexual contact, including vaginal, anal and oral sex. Some STIs can also be spread through non-sexual means such as via blood or blood products”.

The (United States) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs): Diseases and Related Conditions and the NHS Choices (National Health Service, England) in Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) include information about:

Meno Martha and Sexually Transmitted InfectionsOral sex is not the answer to avoiding STIs/STDs. In Safer Sex & STIs: Safer Sex Practices the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health elaborate on:

“Oral sex is not the answer to avoiding STIs as herpes, gonorrhoea and chlamydia can all be transmitted through unprotected oral sex”.

If you want to be tested for STDs/STIs you must ask. In Sexually Transmitted Infections: Does A Pap Test Screen for STIs? the Office on Women’s Health, Meno Martha and Sexually Transmitted Infections United States Department of Health and Human Services, Womenshealth.gov explain:

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“No. Pap testing is mainly used to look for cell changes that could be cancer or precancer. However, your doctor may test you for HPV in addition to doing the Pap test if you are older than 30. If you want to be tested for STIs, you must ask your doctor or nurse”.

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Last Updated: 20 May 2018 – Last Revised: 09 April 2018
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