In step with Valentine's Day, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that the U.S. has around 110 million cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs or STIs), amounting to 20 million new infections each year, and it is only getting worse.
The announcement followed two new studies just released by the CDC. They revealed the following STDs as the most common:
Over half of these infections are in the young adult population, those aged 15 to 24 years.
The authors define the new information as proof that STDs are an ongoing, severe epidemic.
When calculating the data, the CDC used national survey data and disease case reports. A primary data source was the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).
The majority of STIs do not cause harm, however, some have the potential to cause severe health issues, especially if not found and treated early. Even though young people represent 50 percent of all new STIs, they are only 25 percent of the sexually experienced population.
STDs increase a person's risk for HIV and can also lead to various health complications. For example, untreated gonorrhea or chlamydia put women at risk for fatal ectopic pregnancy and chronic pelvic pain, and raise the risk of infertility.
HPV, which accounts for a major portion of infections generally goes away on its own (90 percent of cases), but has the potential to lead to cervical cancer, a life-threatening disease.
The majority of sexually active women and men will get HPV at one point in their lives. This means that all people are at risk and can benefit from the HPV vaccine.
This growing epidemic also has a surprising impact on the economy - collectively requiring nearly $17 billion a year to treat.
The following four infections can be easily cured when found early, but often go undetected because they do not display any symptoms:
The CDC recommends STD testing all sexually active people, and treatment right away if necessary. The infections associated with this epidemic are all preventable.
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No, we don't
posted by George on 15 Feb 2013 at 4:36 am
No, we don't need more government mandates and regulations over our lives. We need less government and more personal responsibility. If there wasn't a government boondoggle waiting to "save" people every time they made bad decisions, maybe people would stop making so many bad decisions.
I note that the old fashioned concept of chastity before marriage and faithfulness after marriage cover 2/3 of the recommendations for avoiding STD's. While immunizations, screening, and early treatment are certainly important and should be pursued, the ultimate solution to the epidemic is actually fairly simple: self control and morality. We should ask more of ourselves and our children.
If the government really cares about the health of AMERICA then why wait for a given individual to put to get credit for putting his name a on a bill to improve the health of a given group of the population and AMERICA AS A HOLE and do what AUSTRAILiA is already doing about a given STS.problem that has gotten to a EPIDEMIC PROBLEM in the USA to stop the spread of it world wide.The research has already been done and proven, so why not make use of it and solve this situation with out any delay. Thank-you
Girls Passing Out & Having Car Accidents Back in 2007, the National Vaccine Information Center warned that many girls given Gardasil shots were losing consciousness within minutes or hours. 7 8 9 Some girls have left doctors offices and fallen unconscious while driving and had car accidents. 10 This brings up the little known fact that four girls who got Gardasil in Merck’s pre-licensure clinical trials died in car accidents. 11 How many of those girls suddenly collapsed while driving? Clearly, Gardasil vaccine should be given while girls are lying down and they should be warned that sudden collapse can occur without warning within 24 hours of getting vaccinated.
Blood Clots Reports After Gardasil What else did the recently published government study on Gardasil reveal? Well, we now know that there is a greater than expected rate of reported blood clots in girls who get the vaccine. Some blood clots can lead to pulmonary embolism or stroke, which means the blood clot ends up in the lung or in the brain. In fact four girls have died after they developed a blood clot that traveled to the lung after Gardasil vaccination.
7:33 p.m. EST, February 14, 2013 I'm writing in response to Kenneth VanAntwerp M.D. commentary on Oct. 31 about Gardasil. The Gardasil supposedly protects you from only four different strains of HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) when there are more than 100 different strains of HPV. Fifty-seven women have developed cervical cancer after the vaccine.
This article implies that 50% of 2011 US pop "16 yrs and over" have STDs. Please see US Census article on pop stats "Median Age and Age by Sex" on hyperlink "http://www.census.gov/popest/data/national/asrh/2011/index.html" where I got my data. (took 5 min to find serious questions of validity with this STD article)....
There seems to be more garbage out there then I originally thought.
Australia began a national immunisation program for young women two years ago and now has rolled out the program for young mails, inoculating children prior to sexual maturity and becoming sexually active. The long term benefits for females and males alike following 3 injection of Guardasil will give most recipients a life time immunity to HPV plus for Males Penile, Anal cancers and venereal warts. Along with healthy children the cost saving benefits long term are significant. Perhaps it is timefor US health administrators and right thinking politicians to look outside the US borders at Australia's health programs for the youth of your children
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