A new report from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention was released this week, and the news wasn’t good. According to the report, STDs are on the rise in the U.S. for the fourth year in a row.
Adeeti Gupta, M.D., a board-certified ob-gyn, says that the findings should be considered a public health emergency,
How has it gotten to this point when it comes to STDs? Well, over the last four years, the amount of cases of folks having chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis continues to rise. In 2017 alone, there were 2.3 million reports of people having these diseases. What’s even more alarming is the fact that gonorrhea diagnoses are up 67 percent since 2013 and syphilis cases are up 76 percent.
STDs On The Rise In The U.S.
To make sense of it all, think about it like this; according to NPR, the U.S. has the highest STD rates in the industrialized world. What makes things worse is the rise of antibiotic-resistant STD “superbugs.” It’s getting to the point were gonorrhea is wearing down the CDCs’ last highly effective antibiotic. STDs can do severe damage when you aren’t showing any symptoms.
There are ways to protect yourself from these diseases. Make sure that at least once a year to get tested, even while in monogamous relationships. Besides a regular yearly screening, make sure to receive a test after every new partner. Before having sexual intercourse with someone, ask for documents proving their negative results. Though it can kill the mood, it’s always best to protect yourself.
On the chance that you do wind up having an STD, make sure to receive treatment right away. After receiving the treatment, make sure to follow up with your doctor to be sure that you are all good to go before hooking up with someone else.