CDC: STDs Set New American Record
As Americans we're routinely challenged and thrilled to set new records, pursue new heights in advancements and celebrate great achievements, but here's one area where we ain't wanting to brag on our growth.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, sexually transmitted diseases are setting new records in the United States. Usually, there are ebbs and flows to the STD epidemics, but according to Dr. Gail Bolan, STD director at the CDC we have seen steep and sustained increases over the last five years.
As for numbers the cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis diagnosed in 2017 surpassed 2016 numbers by more than 200,000 individual cases.
Researches think part of the blame can be put on sex-centric dating apps like Tinder and others that have contributed to the spread of disease by the promotion of a less than formal getting-to-know-you dating process.
But in addition to simply more sex, it's believed that advances in HIV treatment and the reduced spread of AIDS has tempered the use of condoms for safe sex, particularly among gay and bisexual men.
The declining use of condoms not only endangers alternative lifestyle choices but also in heterosexuals. More recently, there have been increases among heterosexual men and women, including among pregnant women, which means we’re starting to see these infections in their babies. Said Dr. Bolan.
One of the biggest concerns is antibiotic-resistant strains of gonnorhea. According to the Dr., gonnorhea is able to mutate to survive, and the mutations continue to evade treatment programs and defeat antibiotics.
So, it looks like it's back to square one in sexual education. Step One: Protect Yourself
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