Doctor explains why women are at higher risk of STIs


Dr David Bawa, has called on women to be more cautions of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) because they are more prone due to their anatomy.

Bawa while speaking on Wednesday in Abuja said women were more susceptible to infections due to the open structure of their genitals.

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“A woman’s anatomy alone makes her more vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections than a man.

“Unlike the relatively thick skin of the male organ, a woman’s cervical is covered by a thin, more delicate mucous membrane that more easily allows viruses and bacteria to pass through and cause infection.

“The vagina is also a warm and moist environment, an environment that could encourage bacteria to grow when they find their way in.

“STIs are the second most common burden of diseases in tropical Africa, commonly found in women,’’ he said.
He noted that most STIs were treatable while some have no cure.

“Treating STIs means suppressing the organism causing the virus that such a person could live a healthy live,’’ the physician said.

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Bawa debunked the claims of most women that they have toilet infection, saying that medically, such claims are unacceptable while some were more prone due to bad personal hygiene.

“There is nothing like toilet infection, it is either an STI or an auto infection meaning infecting one’s self as a result of bad personal hygiene.

“Cleaning the anus down to the vagina, thereby moving the bacteria load from the anus to other parts of the body which could result to an infection.

“STIs like chlamydia and gonorrhoea, if unnoticed and untreated, could lead to a condition called Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) in women.

“PID could lead to chronic pelvic pain, ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy that develops in the fallopian tubes instead of the uterus). It could also cause infertility in women,’’ he warned.

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