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STIs are on the Rise

STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections) are increasing at alarming rates though STIs have typically been under the radar. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reports the highest STI levels ever with more than two million cases of Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and Syphilis being reported in the United States in 2016.

Although, these STI’s are known, what is causing the outpour of new infections in this modern era of information and technology? Maybe, it’s the lax attitudes or phrases such as 'it's not a big deal' and 'it's cured with a pill' that dismiss the real dangers of STIs. There's a lack of knowledge and understanding which leads to misconceptions, stigmas, and myths. The truth is majority of these new diagnoses (1.6 million) were cases of Chlamydia, and nearly half of these infections were in young women. “Increases in STDs (Sexual Transmitted Diseases) are a clear warning of a growing threat,” said Jonathan Mermin, M.D., M.P.H., Director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention. “STDs are a persistent enemy, growing in number, and outpacing our ability to respond.” Don’t be apart of the number, take action to prevent the risk of STI’s. Learn more

If left undiagnosed and untreated, they can have serious health consequences, including:

  • infertility
  • life-threatening ectopic pregnancy
  • stillbirth in infants 
  • increased risk for HIV transmission
 

Chlamydia

From 2000 to 2016, the number of cases increased 280% in men and 88% in women.*

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Primary and Secondary Syphilis

From 2000 to 2016, the number of cases increased 588% in men and 25% in women.*

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Gonorrhea

From 2000 to 2016, the number of cases increased 50% in men and 9% in women.*

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*Source: CDC