Prevalence of Chlamydia: Is life in the Middle East changing?

In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), the rate of current Chlamydia infections is similar to other parts of the world – around 3 percent. This surprising statistic confirms that, despite cultural and religious norms, STIs, and Chlamydia in particular, are widely spread throughout the general population.

Freedom of speech: Breaking sex taboos

This year, a survey by the Arab Barometer indicated that individuals in the Middle East and North Africa feel less able to express themselves today than in 2013. In turn, this is negatively affecting sex education. It is important that people are educated about safe sex and sexually transmitted infections. Speaking openly about these topics is the way forward.

Untreated Gonorrhoea in Men vs Women: What are the risks?

As with many other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), the symptoms, signs and long-term health complications associated with Gonorrhoea differ between men and women. Anyone who is sexually active is at risk of STIs including Gonorrhoea. Since many people exhibit no symptoms in the early stages of infection, it is important to get tested if you may have been at risk. Here we explain the similarities and differences between Gonorrhoea in men and women.

Are Middle East health challenges tending towards Western ones?

Things are changing all across our world. With cheaper and accessible travel, people are migrating faster and further. With these changes come new opportunities for cultural exchange, changes to diet, lifestyle and health.

Chlamydia Symptoms

Chlamydia is one of the worlds most common STIs, according to a recent report published by the World Health Organisaiton. One of the big reasons for this is that many people have no symptoms when they have Chlamydia. Over 80% of women and 50% of men will not know they have the infection.

Middle East 90 90 90 Progress

The Middle East has one of the lowest prevalence rates for HIV in the world. Despite this, progress towards the UNAIDS 90 90 90 targets is low. There is still deep stigma across the Middle East towards people with HIV and how they are treated.

What does HIV mean?

HIV stands for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. If left untreated it often leads to AIDS: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, which can lead to death. However, there have been a lot of advances in medication. HIV is no longer the life-threatening condition it once was. With regular medication, most people should lead a normal length of life.

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Which STIs should men test for?

Getting tested for an STI is important part of any man’s healthcare routine. Choosing which STIs to test for, and making sure you have comprehensive testing is really important. Most men would not want to infect their next partner with an STI they decided not to test for. So understanding your options is really important.

Five reasons to have an STI Test

Protecting your health is really important. Your healthcare routine includes (or should) regular trips to the dentist and optician, as well as pre-cancer checks as we get older. If you have different sexual partners you should also include STI tests.

Here are five reasons to get an STI Test in the Middle East.

  1. The only way to know if you have an STI is to get tested. Most STIs do not have any symptoms.
  2. STIs do not go away on their own. If you do have an STI, you need to get treatment.
  3. Even if you have used condoms, they do not prevent STIs spreading from skin to skin contact in the genital area (Syphilis, Herpes, Genital Warts)
  4. Oral sex can transmit STIs (Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea)
  5. It is easier than you think. You can book your confidential appointment online.

What are the first signs of an STI?

Most people who have an STI do not have any symptoms. However, there are some signs and symptoms to look out for. If you do notice any of these in you or your partner, then getting tested is a good idea.