Can You Correctly Guess These STD's?

by Alisha Bridges Patient Advocate

Did you know that more than half of all people will be infected with an STD at some point in their life? Or that STDs can be traced to basically 30 forms of bacteria, viruses, and parasites? The Center for Disease Control recently provided new information about the most common STDs, and some may shock you. So get up-to-date with the latest developments by taking this quiz to test your knowledge and find out what’s new.

Quiz: Which STD “changes shape”?

This new sexually transmitted disease began with a mosquito bite and first started to spread in Africa, Southeast Asia, and Pacific Islands. When it was discovered in Brazil, researchers found that the disease can be transmitted sexually by men. Additionally, the government of EL Salvador has warned women not to get pregnant for the next two years due to the effects of the virus on the fetuses of pregnant women. What is it?

The Zika virus

Those infected experience symptoms that are usually mild and the remedy is quite simple. People are urged to get rest, drink plenty of water, and take Tylenol. The biggest concern, however, has to do with how the virus affects the fetuses of pregnant women. In unborn babies, it can cause Microcephaly, a condition in which babies have an abnormally smaller, deformed head and underdeveloped brain.

Zika symptoms

According to the CDC the range of symptoms the Zika virus can cause include seizures, developmental delay in speech or other developmental milestones (like sitting, standing, and walking), Intellectual disability (decreased ability to learn and function in daily life), difficulties with movement and balance, feeding problems such as difficulty swallowing, hearing loss and vision problems.

Quiz: What is the most popular STD?

The CDC states that there are 1.4 million cases of this disease reported annually, which makes it the most common STD. People between the age of 20 and 24 have the highest infection rates. Currently, the biggest news about the disease is that it’s being spread by koalas in Australia.

Chlamydia

Prior to its discovery in 1907, it was common for people to die due to compilations from the disease. Now, the disease can usually be cleared with antibiotics and researchers are developing a vaccine to prevent infections. Still, not getting diagnosed can lead to serious health complications, especially for women. You can protect yourself from contracting this STD by using condoms.

Quiz: Which STD is referred to as “the super strain”?

This STD is the second most common among them and is increasingly becoming more difficult to treat. While a 10-day course of antibiotics will usually rid a person’s body of the disease, there are now forms of the bacteria that have evolved into antibiotic resistant “super strains.” Seventy-three percent of those who contract the disease are more likely to contract another STD within a year.

Gonorrhea

The Health Research Funding Organization reports that while condoms may reduce your risk of contracting Gonorrhea, they don’t offer 100 percent protection. The bacteria can still enter the body through open cuts or sores in an infected area not covered by the condom. This is another STD that can cause serious health complications, though not necessarily death.

Alisha Bridges
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Alisha Bridges

Alisha Bridges has dealt with psoriasis since 7 years old after a bad case of chicken pox triggered her disease to spread on over 90% of her body. For years she hid in shame afraid of what people would think of such a visible disease. She has suffered from depression, anxiety, and panic attacks due to psoriasis. Years ago Alisha wrote a letter entitled “My Suicide Letter.” The letter was not about actually killing herself but killing parts of her like low self-esteem, fear, and shame so she could truly live to her fullest potential. This proclamation catapulted her into psoriasis and patient advocacy. Following this letter she created a blog entitled Being Me In My Own Skin where she gives intimate details of what it’s like to live with psoriasis. Alisha is a community ambassador for the National Psoriasis Foundation and has served her community in countless ways to help give a better understanding of what’s it’s like to live with psoriasis. Her life motto is the following: “My purpose is to change the hearts of people by creating empathy and compassion for those the least understood through transparency of self, patient advocacy, and dermatology.” Alisha is also a Social Ambassador for the HealthCentral Skin Health Facebook page.