The CDC has warned that a rise in STDs is to be expected as the future unfolds. Already we are seeing the signs of irresponsibility manifest themselves in the form of diseases when people don’t have safe sex.
The rates of sexually transmitted diseases such as syphilis and gonorrhea have touched the roof in recent years. Part of the reason behind this resurgence is the budgetary cuts in case of health clinics. Furthermore more than 1.4 million cases of chlamydia occurred in 2014. This is cause for concern since it is the largest case of an outbreak affecting so many people.
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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a notice regarding the overall situation. It is alarming and needs immediate resolution via resources. Last year, 20,000 cases of syphilis were registered.
This is the largest incidence of the nasty disease since the mid 90s. Even two years ago, it was 15% less than the current figure. Even in newborn babies, the rate of syphilis was 458 cases from among the general population which is a lot.
And more than 350,000 cases of gonorrhea were also spotted. Since a decade ago, this is the first time that all three of the STDs have shown a leap in their epidemiology.
The majority of the cases have been seen in the youth and young adults. They are excited over the prospects of having promiscuous and premarital sexual relations. And the end result is an STD. Of the 20 million STD incidences that occur on an annual basis, the majority take place in the 18-24 age bracket.
This is of profound importance for future policy making. The youth which hold promise for the next generation are the ones most badly affected. And by the time the antibiotics get to work on eradicating the STDs, considerable damage has been inflicted on the biological system of the victims.
The hardest hit are the females. They almost always harm their reproductive health. And the effect lasts over a lifetime. This is indeed sad and needs to be addressed. The state needs to lend an ear to the demands of the public sector and create more funds for health clinics.
Over a hundred jails have had their STD programs cancelled due to inadequate funding. The other factor is the behavioral repertoire of homosexual and bisexual males. The drugs used to treat HIV may help manage syphilis but they are not a cure-all.
Condom usage is a must and careless behavior regarding prophylaxis causes immense regrets later on. A multi-pronged approach is best here. Both prevention and cure go hand in hand.