In 1963, WHO named Lagos State the highest carrier of gonorrhea in the world, several years later, reports are still saying the rate at which sexually transmitted diseases spread in Nigeria is still quite alarming.
Well, that is the bad news, but the good news is that you are here for the awareness so you will know how to protect yourself. See Common sexually transmitted diseases in Nigeria:
1. Chlamydia: Popular for being one of the most rampant STD, it is a bacterial infection that is caused by Chlamydia trachomatis. Its early-stage has no sign or symptoms, which makes it hard to detect. The eventual signs and symptoms are even very minor, making them easy to ignore.
2. Gonorrhea: This one is not just a rampant infection in Nigeria, it is also a serious STD. Caused by the Neisseria Gonorrhea bacteria, it is a bacterial infection of the genital tract. The symptoms kick in within 10 days after exposure. Shockingly, the bacteria also grow in the mouth, throat, eyes e.t.c.
3. Syphilis: This is one STD that can kill whoever is infected if it is not treated asap. Caused by the Treponema Pallidum bacteria, research has proven that syphilis has increased over time. The disease affects the heart, brain and almost every internal organ if nothing is done about it.
4. Trichomoniasis: This one affects the vagina for ladies and the urethra for guys. A parasite named Trichomonas vaginalis causes it and this STD is mostly spread via intercourse. If you did not know, this parasite can live outside the body for several hours. Symptoms will manifest within 5 to 28 days of exposure and infected persons can expect mild irritation or serious inflammation.
5. HIV: The scariest of them all. This human immunodeficiency virus renders the body helpless against viruses, bacteria, and fungi. And if you do not manage it properly, it could result in AIDS, a deadly and life-threatening disease.