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Education plummets, while STD's soar in America

by Brianna Bush - Lifestyles Editor
Tue, Sep 4th 2018 11:00 pm

There is an epidemic that is rising in the United States, and it is becoming too difficult for our country to control. It is affecting young and old and is spreading more and more. It is our own fault that it has gotten as bad as it is, we are the ones who are not being safe. This epidemic that we have let get out of hand is the rising of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs).

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. continues to have some of the highest STD rates in the “industrialized world.” People are questioning why this is happening since we are an “industrialized country,” why are we not doing more to prevent these kinds of things from escalating at such a rate?

The answer to the questions posed is money, its always about money. Executive Director of the National Coalition of STDs, David Harvey told National Public Radio, during a press conference that the root of the problem was government funding. There is proof to back him up, the funding has dropped 40 percent over the past 15 years according to the National Public Radio’s website.

In recent studies, there is a strain of gonorrhea, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, that is becoming resistant to the antibiotic azithromycin. Gonorrhea, if left untreated can lead to infertility, and in extreme cases; death. Gonorrhea is not even the most common STD in America, Chlamydia holds the number one spot, according to CNN. There was a staggering 1.7 million cases reported in 2017, and of that 771,340 of those are women and girls 15 - 24 years old. In New York alone, over 700,000 cases were reported in 2013, between the ages of 15 and 24 years of age, according to the CDC. It is our jobs to help prevent this, but the funding is just not there. Once a STD is contracted, it is pricey to get treatment. 

Due to the young age of those who are reporting STDs, officials such as Harvey are urging for the government to inform adolescents of the dangers of having unprotected sex. The government should do something to educate these young kids, they are the ones that are more vulnerable. 

Many of these younger teens are choosing to have sex at the younger ages, but most are misinformed about about how to go about their adolescent years. 

Many kids are exposed to sex at a young age whether it be on television or on the internet. But what they see is the passion and lust, but rarely do they see a couple take out a condom or hear about having safe sex. 

Most kids have not learned about safe sex properly until the end of middle school. One in four sexually active adolescent females, have an STD according to the CDC database.

There are of course, the question that is always asked at a young age: “Where do babies come from?” That question is always tricky when you are looking at the cute, chubby face of an 8-year old kid. 

Some adults want to shelter their kids and tell them all about how love creates babies, however they should inform them about safe sex before they have a significant other in their life, which can potentially help prevent a severe STD. STDs leave no man behind, regardless of race, gender, or age. 

According to the CDC, the data shown from the last four years sexually active adolescents are at an increased risk for STDs, when compared to older adults. This further proves why communication is key in a healthy relationship. 

It is always good to have open communication when it comes to any relationship whether it be purely sexually or an intimate relationship. If you are not honest with your partner about what activities you have partaken in and vise versa, then you will both be at risk. 

So think about the next time you engage in any sexual activity and ask yourself, if you want to be another statistic on STDs.

 

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