The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that new cases of common sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are on the rise in the United States.
Almost 19 million of these new infections occur each year, and about half of those infected are between the ages of 15 and 24. This is the age group that usually bears the brunt of new infections, with women and minorities more likely to be affected.
About 10 years ago, the CDC began an all-out national effort to eliminate syphilis as an ongoing health problem and nearly succeeded, but the last two years have shown an increase in infections, rather than the expected decrease.
CDC surveillance indicates that reported cases of chlamydia and gonorrhea together surpassed 1.4 million in 2007.
As with so many types of infections, someone can look perfectly healthy but be living with one of these diseases. If you’re sexually active, get tested a couple of times a year. Don’t be shy about asking your healthcare provider to test you. It’s better to identify and possibly treat an infection than let it go until it causes potentially serious and long-term health problems.
Take control of your life. It’s the only one you’re going to get!
The report, “Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance 2007,” can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/std/stats07/toc.htm for those interested in delving deeper into this subject.