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