Sexually Transmitted Diseases Are On The Rise And How Can You Protect Yourself From It

Sexually Transmitted Diseases Are On The Rise And How Can You Protect Yourself From It

Latest studies on sexually transmitted diseases have shown that there now exists a bigger than ever before risk getting STDs.

The advancements in medical science in the twenty-first century has received many milestones including finding treatments for the health conditions which were cited as potentially life-threatening and were responsible for the highest number of deaths in the earlier centuries.

Fortunately, the risk of you getting some of the complicated health issues such as tuberculosis is very low but there are a number of conditions that have actually replaced the earlier ones.

One of the biggest concerns about today’s time is the sudden rise in the number of sexually transmitted diseases reported each year.

More than two million cases of different sexually transmitted diseases such as syphilis, Chlamydia, and gonorrhea were reported in accordance with a new research called 2016 Sexually Transmitted Diseases Surveillance from Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

By far, this has been the highest number of sexually transmitted diseases ever reported, and the CDC has warned many times that lack of changes might lead to an even higher number of cases being reported.

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What does the report by the Center for Disease Control say?

The report released by the CDC is focused on the three most prevalent and common sexually transmitted diseases – syphilis, gonorrhea, and Chlamydia. All three of these also have federally funded programs.

The STD which was reported the most out of the three or which had near 1.6 million cases reported was Chlamydia. This number is 4.7 percent higher than the one seen back in 2015.

On the other hand, gonorrhea had approximately 480,000 cases reported which is 18.7 percent more than 2015. Syphilis, the most dangerous STD out of the three, saw an increase of 17.6 percent from 2015 with 28,000 cases reported.

Since the doctors are only required to report diagnosis of solely these three sexually transmitted diseases along with HIV, the number of estimated reports of STDs in the United States does not include other diseases such as herpes.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated that the actual number of sexually transmitted diseases cases in the United States is twenty million. Over half of these cases are of young adults or adolescents between the ages of 15-25.

While all of the common sexually transmitted can be treated and managed with appropriate medication and antibiotics, the problem only comes with the diagnosis.

According to the latest studies on the symptoms of syphilis, gonorrhea, or Chlamydia, it has been seen that most of the people suffering from any of the three does are unaware of having the condition. When these STDs are left alone, they can develop into untreatable stages.

The Center for Disease Control states that the dramatic rise in the cases of sexually transmitted diseases and particularly the case of the comeback of syphilis is due to the cuts in STD public health programs which lead to reduced screening and clinic hours.

In addition, the reason that has caused the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases in young people, especially teenagers, is because of lack of proper facts based education along with the limited availability of resources.

Most of the young people who are diagnosed with any of the mentioned STD have been seen to be unaware of how to protect themselves, how to get tests done or even what symptoms and signs to look out for.

Read more on how to protect yourself from STDs here.

The biggest concern when it comes to STDs is those caused by syphilis and gonorrhea with the common problem in diagnosis as both have signs that are mistaken for everyday health conditions.

Gonorrhea is becoming increasingly difficult to treat because of antibiotic resistance while syphilis is also being diagnosed frequently in babies. Gonorrhea can cause serious problems when not treated and syphilis has even seen to cause death many times.

It is better to use appropriate protection and get checkups to ensure that you are STD-free especially if you are sexually active or have multiple partners. Secondly, it is advised to not have intercourse with if you or your partner has been recently treated.


Andrea White

As a graduate of Public Health and Policy, Andrea developed an interest in disease development, food and safety and the latest advancements in health. She is a Freelance writer who had affiliations with multiple blogs. Andrea is now pursuing her post-doctorate in Behavioral Sciences.

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