5 Alarming Facts About STDs

APRIL 25, 2016
Allison Gilchrist, Associate Editor
As STD Awareness Month wraps up, pharmacists should encourage patients to do the same.
The most recent statistics from the CDC show that chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are on the rise for the first time since 2006—suggesting a need for health care professionals to intervene and counsel patients about the risks associated with unprotected sex.
Pharmacists’ close and frequent contact with patients makes them ideal candidates to provide education and counseling about sexually transmitted diseases (STD).
Here are some alarming facts that pharmacists can share with their patients, which may encourage them to practice safe sex:
1. You can get STDs in your eyes.
If semen infected with gonorrhea or chlamydia gets into a patient’s eye, the eye tissue may become infected.
The recommended treatment for ophthalmologic manifestations of chlamydia is a 3- to 6-week regimen of oral tetracycline, oral doxycycline, or oral erythromycin. Treatment should be simultaneous for both partners in order to eliminate the risk of reinfection, and both individuals must remain adherent in order for the regimen to be effective.