With social media companies that encourage sex with strangers actively trying to silence warnings about STDs, no wonder they are increasing.
According to NBC News: “CDC Sees ‘Alarming’ Increase in Sexually Transmitted Diseases.”
Common sexually transmitted diseases such as syphilis and gonorrhea have exploded in recent years, in part because of reduced funding for public health clinics, federal officials reported Tuesday.
And more than 1.4 million cases of chlamydia were reported last year — the highest number of cases of any disease ever reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Just under 20,000 cases of syphilis were reported in 2014, the highest rate since 1994 and a 15 percent increase over 2013, the CDC said. The CDC found 458 cases of syphilis in newborn babies — a startling 27.5 percent increase over 2013.
And more than 350,000 cases of gonorrhea were reported, up 5 percent from 2013.
“Certainly, this is the first time since 2006 that all three of our notifiable sexually transmitted diseases have increased,” said the CDC’s Dr. Gail Bolan. “Some of the increases are quite alarming.”
Most of the increases have been seen in young adults, who get infected soon after they first begin having sex.
The CDC estimates that half of the 20 million new sexually transmitted infections that occur every year are among people aged 15-24.
“Young people are the most vulnerable,” Bolan said. While antibiotics can treat the infections, they often do not cause symptoms until damage has been done.
“Women can lose their reproductive health for a lifetime from infection of chlamydia or gonorrhea,” Bolan said.
The main cause the CDC wants to blame are budget cuts to public health care clinics. If this is true then these people should oppose our increasing debt load. As we are required to pay more to interest we will be able to afford fewer public health benefits.
Then again, with so much money going toward chemical means of birth control, maybe we’re encouraging unsafe sex. People figure if they are using “protection” from pregnancy they are safe, and forget about other risks.
Something similar is happening with homosexual males.
“The increase in syphilis among gay men is concerning because we have been seeing this increase for almost a decade,” Bolan said. “It seems to correlate with the advent of HIV treatment.”
Bolan’s quick to say that HIV treatment is not responsible for the change…
I’m sure she’s “quick to say” it, but goes on to say exactly what she denies saying.
…But the cocktails of powerful HIV drugs that are now available have made the infection a chronic disease that can be managed, instead of a death sentence. HIV patients know they can stay healthy if they take the drugs, and that they are less likely to infect someone else.
“People are excited about it,” Bolan said. And some may have stopped using condoms so consistently, because they are no longer afraid of a deadly infection.
“But, unfortunately, HIV treatment has no impact on prevention of (other) STDs,” she added. “Unless you are using condoms consistently and correctly, you are putting yourself at risk for STDs.”
So homosexual behavior is a big factor.