WiRED International Releases Sexually Transmitted Illnesses Module — Part 2




exually transmitted illnesses (STIs) are on the rise for the first time since 2006. Each year an estimated 357 million new infections occur. The good news is that all STIs are preventable.


More than 30 different types of bacteria, viruses and parasites cause STIs. Many STIs can be present in and spread by people who have no symptoms. Therefore, public awareness and education about these infections and the methods of preventing them are key to easing the STI global burden.


WiRED suggests adding “Teach” to the CDC action steps about STIs:

Teach. Talk. Test. Treat.

WiRED International just completed its series on STIs for general audiences with the launch of its Sexually Transmitted Illnesses, Part 2 module. (WiRED’s Sexually Transmitted Illnesses, Part 1 module was featured in an earlier story this year.)


STIs, Part 2 contains separate sections about gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, chancroid and parasitic infections. Each section covers prevention, transmission, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and complications of these conditions. The module also offers information on related topics, such as the growing resistance of STIs to currently used antibiotics.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has designated April as STIs awareness month to urge people to take three simple actions: Talk. Test. Treat. WiRED suggests adding: Teach. In fact, teaching people about STIs should be the first step.


WiRED believes that providing free health education on STIs and other topics gives communities and health professionals the training tools and knowledge necessary to address the prevention and treatment of both infectious and non-communicable diseases in developing areas of the world.





Sample Questions from WiRED’s STIs Part 2


1. Gonorrhea is a __________ infection.

 a. Viral
 b. Parasitic
 c. Bacterial

2. Of women infected with chlamydia, about how many have no symptoms?

 a. One fourth
 b. One third
 c. One half
 d. Three quarters

3. Treatment for syphilis will kill the syphilis bacterium, prevent further damage and repair some of the damage already done. True or false?

 a. True
 b. False



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