The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released the latest grim news about STDs and HIV rates.
Scott & White Health Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Seth
Sullivan said the local numbers are in line with the national ones.
Why is that thought?
said fewer people are using condoms, and are taking a more cavalier
approach to sex and are unafraid of catching an STD. He said some of
the drop in condom use is the result of other resources being
available, especially for HIV/AIDS.
He said the HIV/AIDS epidemic isn’t the same as it once was – with more people able to get and use treatment thanks to a one-a-day-pill. He said people are not as scared of HIV as they once were. On top of that, syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea can be treated with antibiotics.
problem, Sullivan said, is that people may never know they have these
infections and could do irreversible harm to their reproductive
system. He said these diseases could lead to inflammation and
scarring that is permanent for both men and women.
said the solution to this problem is easy – just use condoms and
get STD testing every three months if engaging in risky behavior or
anytime you start a new relationship.
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HIV transmission is a serious case. It is what everyone should watch out for. There’s absolutely every need to look out for the red signals. When HIV is detected at the early stage, it is possible to treat it promptly and efficiently, thus controlling the virus and inhibiting its progression into HIV stage 3. HIV Stage 3 is the clinical term for AIDS.
Most people don’t like the idea of talking about STDs, but the reality is that there has been an increase of STD cases happening all around the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control stated that 20 million new cases are occurring each year with half of them diagnosed in people between 15 and 24 years of age.