As far back 1963, WHO found Lagos to be the highest carrier of gonorrhea in the world.
Decades after, it has been made known through available data that the rate at which sexually transmitted disease spreads in Nigeria is alarming.
Although one would like to think that this should be a thing of concern to only city dwellers, it suffices to say that there is a rapid movement of these diseases to rural areas as well.
As a matter of fact, it can be argued that owing to lack of proper orientation with regards to STDs, the situation in rural areas is as worse as it is in urban areas.
However, if we're serious as a people in any way whatsoever, this issue should have been taken seriously enough to attract government attention to initiate necessary control measures to prevent those consequences that cannot be separated from these diseases.
But we also know that to depend on government is to leave the lives of both old and young Nigerians at risk, that's why we're taking it upon ourselves to create the awareness of the most prevalent STDs in Nigeria.
Here are six common sexually transmitted diseases in Nigeria and their symptoms
Listed as one of the most common diseases that can be transmitted sexually, chlamydia is a bacterial infection that is caused by Chlamydia trachomatis.
Early-stage of this disease usually comes with no sign or symptoms, therefore, making Chlamydia difficult to detect.
And when they do occur, it takes one to three weeks after you've been exposed to chlamydia. The signs and symptoms seem to be always mild and passing, making them easy to overlook.
Here are the signs and symptoms of chlamydia
- Painful urination
- Lower abdominal pain
- Vaginal discharge in women
- Discharge from the joystick in men
- Pain during sexual intercourse in women
- Bleeding between periods in women
- Testicular pain in men
It is very important to state here that these early signs and symptoms usually disappear within a week to a month and are mistaken for those of another viral infection.