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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.