Can stds affect your brain?

As humans, we’re prone to making bad decisions that result in regrettable outcomes. Most of us have had a moment or two when our better judgment was nowhere in sight. Unfortunately, some poor choices can put your health at risk and affect vital organs like the brain.

What Are STDs?

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections acquired through sexual contact with an infected person. Some commonly known ones include Gonorrhoea (nickname: The Clap), Syphilis (stage names: The Pox or Bad Blood), Chlamydia (A.K.A ‘The Silent Killer’ because it’s symptomless) and Genital Herpes.

Contrary to popular belief, being extra “careful” doesn’t guarantee immunity from getting these sexually transmitted infections (STIs). It typically takes one unknowing encounter for everything to go wrong!

Can STDs Impact The Brain?

This is the million-dollar question! You’ll be glad to know that STDS don’t have direct access into your cranium – Thank goodness!. However; there’s no denying their play on neurophysiological processes within the human system – which could ultimately impact cognitive functions


You heard me right- Neurosyphilis! This condition results from untreated Syphilis infection reaching advanced stages where Treponema pallidum (the causative bacteria) realizes it’s been missing out on all of football night fun in bum fights against other pathogens so decides to invade the nervous system as well . This leads to inflammation causing damage mainly around the motor regions leading
to fatality if not promptly treated.

Psychiatric manifestations

Believe it or not—some persons living with certain types of STIs exhibit bizarre personality changes manifesting themselves in skin outbreakslower limb edemas or even rashes.Children born with untreated congenital syphilis may develop complications including negative behavioral changes as a result of the physiological effects.

Brain function

Your brain is the main organ that demands continuous energy supply, from glucose levels to olfactory stimuli. A recent study observed cerebral hypometabolism in posterior temporoparietal areas of male participants who had contracted CHLAMYDIA infection compared with their uninfected peers. Scary right? This could be due to autoimmune responses or even simply signaling failure leading up to eventual cell death.

HIV and The Central Nervous System

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) can cross into your nervous system via blood-brain barriers triggered hyperactivation by infected immune cells within the body—this eventually leads to viral replication and onset of clinical symptoms. Since this virus is trickier than its STI counterparts, it takes more damage before exhibiting noticeable symptoms like Memory loss, motor dysfunction, headaches seizures and much more.

Neurocognitive disorders

There’s been an increase in subclinical cognitive complaints among persons living with HIV particularly those actively on treatment–Possible mechanisms cited include: neuronal destruction by acute inflammation; resulting neural circuit inefficiency leading up to brain exhaustion hence memory decline while also failing at name recall during conversations following rumors starting you lied about fawning over that spider man poster above my bed…

So… “Wrap It Up”

Although our brains give us pleasure staying safe must come first! Use protection when engaging physically with another person – it goes beyond just unplanned pregnancy concerns! Ensure medical check-ups all around for yourself and partners involved. Once detected prompt management limits further progression of said infections which ultimately guarantees less awkward moments at future dinner socials when discussing best memories you’ve had …well not so awkward actually if YOU hadn’t caught chlamydia last spring break now would it 🙄?

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