Drug Abuse, Risky Sexual Behavior & STDs

As teenagers and college students settle back into the school routine and make new friends, they may begin to have new interests. While sports and art are great activities to participate in, a portion of teens and young adults will engage in using drugs and alcohol. Continue reading “Drug Abuse, Risky Sexual Behavior & STDs” »

Drug and Alcohol Users More Susceptible to Sexually Transmitted Disease

stop-teen-drugs-stdsPeople who engage in alcohol or drug abuse are putting their health in jeopardy. Substance abuse can damage almost every organ, and even a short period of using drugs and alcohol can have a long-term impact. As well as the problems caused by alcohol or drugs, there are additional risks associated with the lifestyle of substance abuse. One of these dangers is sexually transmitted disease.

Reasons why substance abusers are more susceptible to STDs including:

  • When people are intoxicated or have a lifestyle of drug abuse, they are more likely to make regrettable decisions such as engaging in unprotected sex.
  • Alcohol and drug use lowers inhibitions and this can make people more promiscuous, and so are those they are having unsafe sex with.
  • The addictive personality includes a number of characteristics that substance abusers tend to share and one of these traits is risk taking. This type of individual is likely to be less cautious when it comes to protection and are more likely to catch STDs.
  • Not only are addicts more likely to catch sexually transmitted disease but they are also more likely to ignore the symptoms. This means that treatable diseases can progress for longer and cause more damage.
  • If a substance abuser is being treated for an STD, their alcohol and drug use may interfere with their treatment as they may not take medication as directed.

How to Avoid Sexually Transmitted Diseases

There are things that people can do to reduce their risk of catching sexually transmitted such as:

  • Stay with one partner and avoid one night stands.
  • Use a condom consistently. The individual only has to have unprotected sex once for them to catch an STD.
  • It is also important to keep in mind that condoms are not 100% effective at preventing STDs.
  • It is recommended that those who are sexually active get regularly tested for STDs.
  • People should avoid intoxication as this increases the likelihood that they will engage in high risk activities such as unprotected sex with strangers.
  • It is important to keep in mind that there are often no visual clues that indicate another person has an STD.

Treatment for STDs

Many STDs can be cured with a course of antibiotics, but some have no cure. Too many people ignore the symptoms of STDs, allowing them to progress and cause damage in the body. Ignoring the symptoms may be due to embarrassment or just lack of knowledge about the risks involved. Addicts are most at risk of ignoring the symptoms of sexually transmitted disease, and they are also highly likely to spread them. It is essential that anyone who is experiencing suspicious symptoms seek a professional opinion as soon as possible.

Are you concerned about having an STD? Contact ARCpoint Labs in the KC Metro area and get tested today. We have locations in Independence, Kansas City, Lee’s Summit, North Kansas City and Overland Park.