Shocking Long-Term Affects

Developing my research on Monterey County STD spike I have focused over the last couple of days on the long-term effects on sexually transmitted diseases specifically gonorrhea and syphilis. Syphilis and gonorrhea are able to be treated but what I did not know is what happens if it is not treated on time, what are the long-term effects.

I went on Planned Parenthood website and read the areas of gonorrhea and syphilis, I found out a lot of long-term effects. For Gonorrhea medication can stop the infection but it cannot repair the damage that the infection has caused to the body, Gonorrhea can cause infertility men and women if it is not treated and people who have gonorrhea most likely have Chlamydia as well. As for syphilis it can cause brain damage, blindness, heart disease or even death. Infected by gonorrhea and syphilis can cause child defects, both being passed by natural birth. In particular syphilis is very serious on a fetus because it can damage the brain, heart, bones and blindness.

As I was reading the long-term effects of these sexually transmitted disease it was shocking to read how bad are the long-term effects, I always knew that sexually transmitted disease were serious and had long-term effects but I wasn’t aware how exactly it affected the human body and that it can even cause death! If young adults were informed and aware more they would be able to prevent these long term effects and not cost them to be infertile, passing on the STD to the fetus, health issues or possible death.

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3 Responses to Shocking Long-Term Affects

  1. Marisa Ruiz says:

    Hello Julia,

    During your presentation I was able to get a sense that the rise in Sexually Transmitted Diseases is an educational problem in Monterey County. The effects of having unprotected sex can lead to obtaining Syphilis and Gonorrhea need to be explained to the younger population of Monterey County.

    My experience in school was that it wasn’t implemented to learn about Sexual Transmitted Diseases in our health class. It wasn’t until my senior year in high school that we had the opportunity to attend a two-day presentation, from Planned Parenthood, on the effects of having unprotected sex, two years after having taken a health class. Even though I had the opportunity to attend the presentation, it wasn’t offered to the whole school and you still needed to receive permission from your parents and be taken out of your regularly scheduled class.

    Your critical situation is able to put me back to a place where I’m able to reflect on whether or not I was taught, in school, the consequences of engaging in sexual activity. Which raises the question of should schools be held responsibe to teaching their students the consequences of unprotected sex. I look forward to reading your future posts.

    Marisa Ruiz

  2. mariaguilar says:


    This information is very interesting! I honestly did not know much about STD’s and I enjoyed reading about your research. I can also see your passion about this issue throughout your blog and I cant wait to hear more about this!


  3. saraifelix says:

    Hello Julia,
    This is interesting even for me. It is shocking that this transmitted disease can lead to DEATH. For me, I did not learn about any STD’s till my Sophomore year in high school, and since I took the course in summer I only received a week long information of STD’s.
    If this STD has a spike in the Monterey County, then why are we not talking about it?
    Also, why is health education offered in the Summer with limit information?

    I believe if high schools in the Monterey County would take health education more serious, then teenagers would understand the risk of unprotected sex.

    Sarai Felix

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