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PC on STDs?

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So a friend told me the other day that the Canadian Medical System now calls Sexually Transmitted Diseases STIS (for infections). What do you think? Should the US adopt this PC approach to this?


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  1. Hello STeve !

    here am I again… haha..
    but now you hit me with your ”medical item”
    hahaha… because as a medical doctor myself I had to post a reply.. ofcourse!

    I see that you are bothered by this ”new term” STIS
    I will be very honest with you here… I don’t see the problem.. what’s in a name? .. Okay I heard your vision and I can understand you in your part but one of the reasons they tend to use STIS instead of STD is the following:

    Diseases that are spread through sexual contact are usually referred to as “sexually transmitted diseases”—STDs for short. In recent years, however, many experts in this area of public health have suggested replacing STD with a new term—sexually transmitted infection, or STI.

    Why? The concept of “disease,” as in STD, implies a clear medical problem, usually some obvious signs or symptoms. But in truth several of the most common STDs have no signs or symptoms in the majority of persons infected. Or they have mild signs and symptoms that can be easily overlooked. So the sexually transmitted virus or bacteria can be described as creating “infection,” which may or may not result in “disease.” This is true of chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, and human papillomavirus (HPV), to name a few.

    But yes I do understand your point of view in saying that this term STI may have the effect of making it less ” a problem ” by giving it this name. I understand you but I don’t agree with you , in fact it doesn’t matter if it is STD or STI .. it’s about the consciousness you have about your sexual behavior and the ‘risks’ of it when you behave unsafe in sexual affairs… isn’t it. It’s not about this term , because even though STD may sound a little bit more serious It didn’t have ANY effect on the wideworld spread of HIV isn’it. The name you give it doesn’t matter it’s about the consciousness about your sexual behaviour . And when you are conscious about the fact that you behave unsafe then you will look for information about this ,you will go to a doctor or read some information on the internet , and then it doesn’t matter if you call for example Gonorrhoe a STD or a STI , if the person has feeling with the fact that he is behaving unsafe he will understand it no matter how they call it. And there are arguments (as above ) from medical science research that the term ”could ” be better STI. (for the reason I gave above)

    So I think that you don’t have to focus so much on the use of a term , when someone wants to know what he or she is risking , he or she will find the answer.
    it’s about that consciousness of wanting to be healthy in your sexual life.

    so give me your reaction
    I will listen to you as a good medical doctor…hahahaha



    March 12, 2009 at 1:49 pm

  2. I think it’s more about the way that it’s being changed. Not so much in the actual term itself, but rather in manner in how it’s presented.

    Some are diseases and some are infections… but in this day and age, while I agree that accuracy is the most important factor, marketing the severity of the consequences must be kept in mind.

    The way that STDs are now being referred to as STIs is seen by more as a politically correct way to lesson the impact.


    March 19, 2009 at 12:32 pm

  3. I understand what you mean

    Frank Vandenberghe

    March 23, 2009 at 10:11 am

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