STATES CHRONICLE – Sexually transmitted diseases hit a new record in 2015 in the U.S. This report shows that last year there were more cases of sexually transmitted diseases than in the last 10 years. The numbers are rising every year and this should be a wake-up call.
Last year the number of cases of sexually transmitted diseases was very big. People contacted chlamydia more than any other STD and this is why last year 1.5 million people tested positive for this diseases. 400,000 people had gonorrhea and almost 25,000 cases of syphilis were reported.
Between 2014 and 2015 the numbers of sexually transmitted diseases increased and syphilis registered the largest increase. Gonorrhea and chlamydia followed.
These results should be concerning and more efforts should be concentrated on this matter so that the numbers decline and not increase again like last year.
“STD rates are rising, and many of the country’s systems for preventing STDs have eroded. We must mobilize, rebuild and expand services — or the human and economic burden will continue to grow,” said Dr. Jonathan Mermin.
This increase in the number of cases of STDs could be caused by the fact that more and more STD prevention programs had cuts in their budgets. Some clinics were shut down and some programs were stopped due to lack of funds.
Some of these diseases can be cured by administering antibiotics and they can also be avoided by using a condom and doing regular check-ups. They can spread very easily, this is why everybody should protect themselves when engaging in physical activities with a new person. The main problem is that many STDs, like HIV, can’t be cured because they are caused by a virus.
Another problem is that not everybody knows and treats their STDs in time or at all. When this happens people have a higher risk of developing infertility and chronic pain.
The ones that are the most affected by STDs are young people that are up to 24 years old. Others that have a higher risk of testing positive for STDs are bisexual and gay men. Moreover, diseases can be transmitted from mother to child and this is why many children are born with syphilis.
If there were more funds and more specialized clinics that focused on explaining the risks and helping people by offering them free condoms, the numbers of individuals who contract sexually transmitted diseases would be smaller.
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