With the healthcare debate so focused on the Republicans’ fixation on ending Obamacare, it’s easy to overlook the fact that there is an on-going STD epidemic. In fact, the number of recently diagnosed STDs has hit an all-time high.
The lack of dealing with the problem means even more people will be diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease.
Division of STD Prevention Director Gail Bolan said attention needs to be put on the nation’s most susceptible – 15 to 24 years old. The highest cases of STDs are seen in bisexual, gay men and men having sex with men.
Pregnant women with untreated STDs could pass the disease off to their baby.
Many antibiotics can be taken to treat these diseases. If untreated, it could lead to even more health problems.
1.6 million of the new cases were chlamydia where 470,000 of the cases were gonorrhea and 28,000 cases of syphilis – both primary and secondary.
Although parents don’t like to think about it, young people become sexually active adults. This is something lawmakers and parents don’t like to think about, hoping teenagers wait for until marriage to have sex or realize what they need to do to protect themselves from unwanted pregnancies and STDs.
Unfortunately, previous generations learned this the difficult way with the long-term consequences for their ignorance. Students should be learning about sex at home and by their parents, but this doesn’t always happen. Thus, schools need to hire experienced teachers to educate students on sexual behaviors and how to protect themselves should they become sexually active.
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When people think of sexually-transmitted diseases, their minds automatically think of chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and HIV. However, these are not the only STDs out there. There are several not-so-commonly thought of STDs that can wreak havoc on a person’s life.
Mr. and Mrs. Johnson were in many ways your typical suburban couple. They were in their mid-30s. Married for eight years, with two small kids. Both worked full-time, it doesn't matter what they did for a living. But Mr. Johnson had a secret. On the weekends, about twice a month, he went down a local bar and picked up gay men. Both were patients of mine. I didn't know about his weekend escapades until it became a rather important ethical dilemma.