Health authorities from the Center for Disease control have reached an alarming conclusion regarding the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases. CDC reports that STD rates are climbing and it seems that young adults are the most vulnerable.
According to their assessment of the situation, young adults, ranging from 20 to 25 years-old, have been infected with gonorrhea and chlamydia. Moreover, it would seem that event the syphilis rates are rising, affecting adults with ages between 25 and 29.
Another event that drew the CDC’s attention is congenital syphilis, a form of syphilis, usually transmitted by an infected expecting mother to her child. The situation seem to become more dramatic when looking at the rate of incidence. The number of cases with congenital syphilis has increased from 30 to almost 100, over a period of 2 years. As for the other STD, chlamydia rates are up by 2.8 percent, gonorrhea by 5.1 percent and syphilis by 15.1 percent, all of the rates being registered over a period of one year, between 2013 and 2014.
The climbing STD rates seem to be linked to the rising number of unprotected sex cases. And situation seems to become tenser when it comes to the homosexual community. Specialists from the CDC explained that numbers seem to spike, because all around the country, STD testing and treatment clinics are being closed due to numerous cutbacks.
CDC reports that STD rates are climbing and that they are doing everything they can in order to raise awareness among the population. One way to do that is to know something about what’s an STD.
STD’s, also known as venereal diseases or VD, are infections caused by viruses through sexual intercourse. According to the chart, there are almost 30 different bacteria and viruses that can cause an STD. The most common VD’ are chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, genital herpes, AIDS and genital warts. Estimates place infection with STDs at 500 million cases, all around the world.
The best way to prevent getting an STD is not having sex if you know that your partner is infected. Still, there are other ways in which an intercourse could take place, without the need of physical contact. Note that the most common form of STD prevention is to wear a condom during intercourse, although it has been demonstrated that the rate of protection is somewhat limited. Some STDs are actually capable of getting through even if you are wearing a condom.
Also, there are a couple of vaccines out there, capable of ensuring protection against hepatitis A and hepatitis B.