ACOG asks for partners of women with STDs to be treated too
As sexually transmitted diseases continue to be a concern for many sexually-active individuals, it's important to one's sexual health to ensure that everyone is receiving the best preventative treatments possible.
According to Reuters Health, obstetrician-gynecologists are pushing to not only treat women who are affected by gonorrhea and Chlamydia, but their partners as well. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) released a statement earlier this week saying that giving an infected woman, as well as her partner, a prescription for antibiotics would help decrease the chances of the woman catching the condition again.
It appears as though others who are not part of the organization agree. "To treat the infected person and not the partner creates an impossible situation," Cohen, who is not affiliated with ACOG, told Reuters Health. "From a social-justice point of view, doing nothing with the partner makes no sense."
The news provider reports that more than 2.8 million Americans are infected with Chlamydia each year, while 700,000 find themselves with gonorrhea.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention echoes the ACOG's sentiment, as it recommends that all partners of people with Chlamydia are also treated as a way to prevent them from spreading the disease on to other partners. As Chlamydia continues to be one of the most common STDs in the U.S., it is important to take preventative measures.
In addition to taking antibiotics, couples with one STD-infected person should use a condom in order to prevent the other from getting the disease. Additionally, using condoms is a way to keep sex safe no matter if it's a one-night stand or a long-term relationship.