What is sex designed for? From this bad news it seems almost like we weren’t designed to hop from bed-to-bed. Imagine that.
From the Atlanta CBS station: “CDC: 110 Million Americans Have STDs At Any Given Time.”
While the national media focus on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the patient in Dallas, the CDC is reminding Americans that sexually transmitted diseases are an ongoing but hidden epidemic.
In the United States, nearly 20 million cases of new STD infections are reported each year, reports Live Science. Since infections can persist for a long time, and because some victims are not even aware they have a disease and can easily spread it to others.
Based on data from 2008, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the eight most common sexually transmitted diseases are: chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B virus (HBV), genital herpes, HIV, human papillomavirus (HPV), syphilis and trichomoniasis.
About 50.5 million current infections are in men while 59.5 million are in women, for a total of 110 million Americans with STDs at any given time.
Fifty percent of new infections occur in young people from ages 15-24 and gonorrhea is the most commonly reported STD in that age group.
Gonorrhea is the second most commonly reported STD in the United States.
The most commonly reported infection is chlamydia. But since many who are infected don’t show symptoms, the number could be far higher than the 1.4 million in 2012, a rate of 457 cases per 100,000 people.
Consider that God gave us instructions about life… for our good. Amazing.
Beyond that, ponder that a lifelong union could be more satisfying, more joyful, than running from place-to-place, thinking somewhere out there is happiness.
That’s what I’ve found, anyway. And I feel so sorry for the countless women who’ve gotten Chlamydia unawares, and it’s made them unable to carry a child to term—forfeiting the possibility of motherhood. Just sad.
One-third of the country. Just wow. And such things spread from person-to-person-to-person… just like a less lethal form of Ebola.