STDs Reach Record Highs, Threatening the Health of Millions of Americans

STDs Reach Record Highs, Threatening the Health of Millions of Americans

Gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis are all on the rise, with rates not seen since the early 1990s.

Condom, anyone?

Not only is America being ravage by unrelenting hurricanes, nasty floods and increasing divisiveness but sexual transmitted diseases are now also eating us up in droves. Nights are full of fury, and it’s a catastrophe that only latex can solve.

All kidding aside, STDs truly are on the rise and the reality is scary. The health of millions of Americans is in jeopardy, due to a lack of adequate protection during sex.

A new report put out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that syphilis and gonorrhea rates are heading for the stars.

Related: STDs Are at an All-Time high in the U.S

Compared with 2015, syphilis rates have increased by almost 18%, including a 35% increase in women, and gonorrhea rates have gone up by 18.5%. Chlamydia has also increased, by a modest 4.7%.

Who is getting it? Syphilis rates are disproportionately impacting Black and Latino gay men, experts say.

That 35% increase for women in general is also pretty alarming, though, when you think about it. And really, seniors are also said to be suffering from an increasing number of sexual transmitted infections, as well as young people between the ages of 15 and 24, and so it’s a pretty large group.

Generally, anyone who is having unprotected sex could be at risk of contracting an STD.

“At a time when Congress is debating repeal of the Affordable Care Act, cuts to state STD funding, and whether young people should be provided comprehensive sex education, we can ill afford to roll back the clock,” says David C. Harvey, executive director of the National Coalition of STD Directors. “We need our leaders to declare war on STDs.”

Drug Resistance

STDs are on the rise in the U.S at rates not seen since the 1990s.

But if you get an STD, can’t the doctor just, well, fix it? Not always.

Strains of drug-resistant gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis are now circling the globe; ie, you can’t use antibiotics (or anything, for that matter,) to fight them off.

If left untreated, STDs can have dire consequences for your health. Women can have trouble getting pregnant and keeping a baby, and men can become sterile. A baby born with an STD from an infected mother can suffer a whole host of complications, including death. Everyone involved can experience chronic pelvic pain and complications can be irreversible.

Harvey feels there should be a $40 million increase to STD funding in 2018, provided by the federal government to tackle the issue. State and local health departments, as well as clinics would benefit from being able to provide better treatments and education on STD prevention to the public.

According to the National Coalition of STD Directors, the U.S. has almost 20 million sexually transmitted infections (STDs) a year, with a cost to the health care system of $16 billion.

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