STDs Making Unacceptable Comeback

STDs Making Unacceptable Comeback

Most peo­ple love to hear a good come­back sto­ry, but they don’t want to hear about an STD come­back. How­ev­er, this is what the peo­ple in the U.S. are fac­ing – a swift and steep come­back of sex­u­al­ly trans­mit­ted dis­eases such as gon­or­rhea, syphilis and chlamydia.

A gov­ern­ment report shows that these the dis­eases men­tioned ear­li­er have been ris­ing since 2007, which makes it four straight years of ris­ing numbers.

Nation­al Coali­tion of STD Direc­tors Exec­u­tive Direc­tor David Har­vey said the U.S. con­tin­ues to see high STD rates — the high­est in the indus­tri­al­ized world. He said the coun­try is in a pub­lic health cri­sis, which has been years in the making.

The CDC said med­ical experts are wor­ried about the pos­si­bil­i­ty of antibi­ot­ic-resis­tant gon­or­rhea. Over four per­cent of gon­or­rhea sam­ples have been found to be resis­tant to Zithro­max, which is one of two antibi­otics doc­tors pre­scribe to cure the infection.

Dr. Gail Bolan, CDC’s Divi­sion of STD Pre­ven­tion Direc­tor, said this com­pli­cates the gon­or­rhea treat­ment. She said the nation must plan for the pos­si­bil­i­ty that gon­or­rhea will become antibi­ot­ic-resis­tant and find oth­er poten­tial treat­ment options. Bolan said decades of STD decline is reversing.

Experts are try­ing to learn why STDs are on the rise but believe the blame lies with the dat­ing app cul­ture of today’s gen­er­a­tion. Meet­ing unknown peo­ple for sex can increase a person’s chance of catch­ing an STD. And, the chances of find­ing part­ners is dif­fi­cult as peo­ple tend to delete num­bers of those they have slept with from the dat­ing app.

The best way to stop the spread of STDs is to use con­doms when hav­ing sex with some­one new. 


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