*The U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just hit us with a whopping bit of bad news. New data says that Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) have increased at alarming rates and STDs such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis have increased for the first time since 2006.
This alarming news comes at the heels of people, young people especially, being careless when it comes to who they have sex with, sexual partners not being upfront about their health and not using protection.
According to the CDC, 1.4 million cases of chlamydia were reported in 2014, which showed a 2.8% increase in cases from 2013, representing “the highest number of annual cases of any condition ever reported to CDC.” Gonorrhea and syphilis cases also went up.
Dr. Jonathan Mermin, the director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and Tuberculosis Prevention states, “America’s worsening STD epidemic is a clear call for better diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. While anyone can become infected with an STD, certain groups, including young people and gay and bisexual men, are at greatest risk,” according to the CDC; who calls the spike in syphilis cases “alarming,” and says especially since many cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis go undiagnosed and unreported.
While anyone can contract an STD, certain groups are at an even greater risk: people under the age of 25, who are sexually active and especially those who have multiple partners. You should request yearly chlamydia and gonorrhea tests.
Please note the word REQUEST, because doctors (for some reason) don’t automatically test for this if you are under 21.
Also please note that a PAP smear is NOT enough, ladies. You must be tested for these STDs in addition to your annual pap.
Better SAFE now, than sorry later.