New STD Cases Hit Record High in U.S., CDC Says (2017)

New STD Cases Hit Record High in U.S., CDC Says (2017)

(Link):  New STD Cases Hit Record High in U.S., CDC Says (2017)

In 2016, Americans were infected with more than 2 million new cases of gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia, the highest number of these sexually transmitted diseases ever reported, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.

“Clearly we need to reverse this disturbing trend,” said Dr. Gail Bolan, director of CDC’s Division of STD Prevention. “The CDC cannot do this alone and we need every community in America to be aware that this risk is out there and help educate their citizens on how to avoid it.”

The agency’s annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report shows that more than 1.6 million of the new cases were from chlamydia, 470,000 were from gonorrhea and nearly 28,000 cases were of primary and secondary syphilis.

Secondary syphilis is the most contagious form of the disease, according to the CDC. While all of these can be cured by antibiotics, many people go undiagnosed and untreated.

Only those three STDs are required by law to be reported to the CDC by physicians. When you include HIV, herpes and more of the dozens of diseases which can be transmitted sexually but which are not tracked, the CDC estimates there are more than 20 million new cases of STDs in the United States each year. At least half occur in young people ages 15 to 24.

“STDs are out of control with enormous health implications for Americans,” said David Harvey, executive director of the National Coalition of STD Directors. The coalition represents state, local and territorial health departments who focus on preventing STDs.

“If not treated, gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis can have serious consequences, such as infertility, neurological issues, and an increased risk for HIV,” said Harvey.

2 thoughts on “New STD Cases Hit Record High in U.S., CDC Says (2017)”

  1. Call me a cynic, but I think you have to ask the question, “Who benefits/profits from this situation?” And if you look around, the answers are not hard to find. There is money to be made off sexual activity, whether it is condom sales, contraceptives, abortion, and yes, treatments for STD’s. The insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies and Planned Parenthood all have vested interests in keeping people promiscuous. All these things have to be paid for by someone.

    In contrast, there is almost zero profit in abstinence. You and I, because we are not sexually active, are not consumers. We don’t use contraceptives so there is no money to be made off us in that area. Likewise, we don’t need to be treated for STD’s. Put purely from an economic view, abstinence is a whole lot cheaper than sexual activity. Perhaps that should be the approach–how much money can you save by not participating in sexual activity outside of marriage.

    As I have gotten older I have developed a philosophy that the only one who best looks out for your own self-interest is yourself, and to do that, you need to know yourself. Because you will get all kinds of “advice” on a wide variety of subjects and not all of it is in your best interests. Sometimes it is out of ignorance and sometimes it is out of malice, and sometimes the advice that sounds the best, that caters to what you want to hear, is actually advice that will get you in a lot of trouble if you follow it. And there is no shortage of people who are willing to take advantage of your trouble to their profit and your loss. Those people are not truly your friends. The thing to ask, is what can go wrong if I follow this advice, and will any of those who are encouraging me to do this be around if things do go wrong?

    1. You said,
      “There is money to be made off sexual activity, whether it is condom sales, contraceptives, abortion, and yes, treatments for STD’s”

      Good point. I’ve saved a fortune in not having to visit doctors or purchase birth control for years, for sex (since I’m not having sex). (Of course, there are other reasons to take certain types of birth control other than sex.)

      I did a post on this blog a few years ago that sort of discussed this sort of thing – how, when you’re single and celibate, you don’t get as hung up or worried about other things, like single women do who are obsessed with finding a mate(*), and/or who have sex while single.

      I think this may have been the post where I wrote more about those topics:
      (Link): When Adult Virginity and Adult Celibacy Are Viewed As Inconvenient or As Impediments

      The Christian church does nothing to support actual singles, or the concept of singleness (or celibacy) itself.

      Instead, most Christians actually feed into the STD, sex-easy culture by harping on marriage as being the only “solution” for cultural problems.

      *edit. I’d still like to marry someday, but… I try not to freak out about it, as I’ve seen some single women do.

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