Americans Having Less Sex But Riskier Sex

Americans Having Less Sex But Riskier Sex

Accord­ing to var­i­ous sur­veys, Amer­i­cans are engag­ing in less sex­u­al activ­i­ties than in the 1990s. Although, peo­ple are not hav­ing sex as often, the rate of STD trans­mis­sions is increasing.

Why is that?

Based on infor­ma­tion from the CDC, the rate of chlamy­dia increased 21 per­cent, gon­or­rhea cas­es increased 67 per­cent and syphilis cas­es increased 76 per­cent in 2017. This amounts to 2.3 mil­lion cas­es in the nation.

Neeket Patel is a Par­sip­pa­ny res­i­dent who believes the rea­son stems from the fact that peo­ple who do engage in sex­u­al activ­i­ty are rely­ing on birth con­trol meth­ods and are under the mis­tak­en impres­sion that sex­u­al­ly trans­mit­ted dis­eases have been cured. They don’t feel as they need con­doms any­more. How­ev­er, con­doms pre­vent the spread of STDs and unwant­ed pregnancies.

New York City res­i­dent Ajayi Robin­son said peo­ple are just not that con­cerned about STIs and STDs, so peo­ple are under the impres­sion they are safer than they really.

How­ev­er, if peo­ple are not hav­ing sex as often, why are the STD rates ris­ing? Per­ry Halki­tis, dean of Rut­gers Uni­ver­si­ty School of Pub­lic Health, said the main cul­prits is a lack of qual­i­ty sex edu­ca­tion stan­dards and high pover­ty levels.

He said it just takes one time to trans­fer the infec­tion from one per­son to anoth­er. Just one part­ner infect­ed is enough to cause prob­lems. Peo­ple think­ing about sex are con­cerned about two things: preg­nan­cy and HIV. They don’t even con­sid­er the oth­er STDs like syphilis, gon­or­rhea and chlamy­dia. They also don’t know that the dis­ease can be trans­mit­ted anal­ly and orally.

Since 2012, New Jer­sey saw its the rate of infec­tion for the three com­mon STDs jump from eight per­cent to 46 per­cent. There may also be a link between the rise in STD cas­es and the drug epidemic. 

Halki­tis said if some­one is of sound mind, they tend to use a con­dom. How­ev­er, any­one that drinks or uses opi­oids, meth or oth­er drugs don’t think ratio­nal­ly. He said drugs are a big fac­tor in the rise in STD cas­es.

The Cen­ter for Dis­ease Con­trol urges every sex­u­al­ly active adult to get test­ed for STDs each year or when they start a new relationship.


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