In this section we will just briefly describe the common complications of STIs. You have to note that complications of STIs have huge health, social and economic implications. Therefore your active identification and referral of STIs cases in the community greatly reduces the burden associated with them. Table 31.2 summarises the common complications of STIs with their respective causes.
Table 31.2 Common complications resulting from STIs.
|gonococcal (gonorrhoea) and chlamydia infection|
|gonocchocal infection (gonorrhoea)||Conjunctivitis and blindness in infants|
|human papilloma virus||Genital or cervical cancer|
|chlamydia, gonorrhoea, herpes virus and trichomoniasis bacteria||Increased transmission of HIV from genital inflammations due to the cuts, tears, abrasions that would expose the genital mucosa to HIV.|