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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Sexually transmitted diseases are infections that people spread during the middle of sex acts – be it orally, vaginally or anally. And, these common STIs are on the increase. The problem with STDs is that they can cause very serious health problems, but testing for STDs is easy, and the majority of them are treatable.
Although the talk of STDs is still taboo, it’s still important that sexually active individuals get tested on a regular basis. The rate of infection for STD, in just the U.S. alone, have risen significantly. And, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates there are 20 million new cases of STD every year.