Why talking about sex is good for your health
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) should not be treated any differently from other infections.
Teodora Elvira Wi, WHO/HRP
13 December 2017 | Most of us are alive as a consequence of two people having sex. Sex is not only to have babies but to express our love and affection; to feel pleasure and intimacy. Living within us however, are microbes that can be sexually transmitted and which cause disease. It is currently estimated that there are around 357 million infections acquired every year just for the four diseases of chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis and trichomonas, and there are many other STIs as well. STIs cause a range of health problems including pelvic infections, infertility, fetal and newborn deaths, cervical cancer to name a few.
STIs should not be treated any differently from other infections. We don’t have a problem with going to the doctor for a sore throat, so why do we sweep sexually transmitted infections under the carpet? In this entertaining and eye-opening talk about the challenges we face today with safe sex and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), Dr Teodora Elvira Wi shares heart-warming personal stories around sex, STIs and the urgent need to break down the stigma.
Dr Wi highlights the benefits of talking more about sex more mainstream and talks about how every one of us has a role to play in removing the barriers to learning about, preventing, and treating sexually transmitted infections.