Thepost is impressive. The choice to cover preventive strategies formaintaining optimal health was a mark of intelligence. In the moderntimes, preventive care is the best way of dealing with some diseaseconditions, especially the sexually transmitted infections such asHIV/AIDS, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. The people who are mostvulnerable for the contraction of these preventive diseases are theold, mainly due to their lack of knowledge on how protection can beused to prevent getting the disease (Torrone, Papp & Weinstock,2014). As Erica suggests, there is a great need to educate thecommunity, particularly the most vulnerable, on the methods ofpreventing the contraction of sexually transmitted infections.
Increasingthe focus on prevention of disease in the community will aid inimproving the health and lives of the people. Most of the sexuallytransmitted diseases are preventable (Torrone, Papp & Weinstock,2014). STIs are tremendously common both in our history and in themodern times. These infections cause a wide variety of symptoms thatrange from harmless to possibly fatal. Some of these conditions areasymptomatic but still infectious during the early stages, thuscreating high chances for their transmission to other people in ahaphazard manner.
Chlamydiais one of the most prevalent STI in the United States, yet it ismostly asymptomatic. The prevalence rate is especially high betweenthe age of fifteen and thirty-four, which is considered to be theperiod when people are highly active sexually(Torrone,Papp & Weinstock, 2014). In such a case, people should be highlyeducated on the preventive mechanisms so as to reduce the prevalencerate of such a disease and others such as HIV/AIDS, syphilis, andgonorrhea.
Apartfrom the STIs as covered in Erica’s post, preventive strategies canalso apply in other diseases and disease conditions. Some diseasessuch as those caused by geo-helminths can be prevented throughpracticing proper hygiene (Dickey, 2012). Other conditions such asheart disease, liver disease, high blood pressure, and arthritis canbe prevented through maintenance of a standard body weight andhealthy eating.
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