Disturbing News about STDs

Have you heard the news? The Sexually Transmitted Disease Epidemic is on the Rise.

Just try Googling, “STDs on the Rise,” and you will find article after article about STDs exploding across the nation.

"Alarming Rise in Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and Syphilis across the Country California."

"Nevada, and Texas are Reporting Rising Rates of STDs."

"STDs Hit an All Time High in Minnesota STDs Including HIV on the Rise in Rhode Island."

"Chlamydia and Syphilis Nearly Doubled in Miami-Dade."

"Gonorrhea Almost Doubled in Montana."

"Humboldt County in California has seen a Tenfold Increase in Gonorrhea."

"Las Vegas Experiencing Remarkable Rise in STDs."

"HIV on the Rise in Austin, Texas."

Officials are weighing in on why the already high STD epidemic is on the rise.

"Young people are driving the epidemic as well as men at the army base who are looking for love in all the wrong places." El Paso Department of Health.

"Using social media to arrange casual and often anonymous sexual encounters, having sex without a condom, having multiple sex partners and having sex while under the influence of drugs or alcohol leads to more STDs." Rhode Island Health Dept.

"While we may not know the causes of these increases that occur year after year, we do know this: more testing and treatment is needed along with a re-commitment to the best protection against all STDs, including HIV – for those having sex: use condoms." National Coalition of STD Directors.

According to the CDC – To prevent HIV/AIDS and other STDs:  Limit the number of sexual partners  Use condoms correctly and consistently  Never share needles  Get tested and treated for STDs.

So, what’s a parent to do? It sounds like the solution to protecting your children from this seriously rising STD EPIDEMIC is to scream from the roof tops: 1. USE CONDOMS. 2. LIMIT YOUR PARTNERS. 3. DON’T DO SEX AND DRUGS AT THE SAME TIME.

So, my first question is: “Exactly what does Limit Your Partners mean?” Is 3 partners in a lifetime okay? What about 3 partners in a month or 3 partners at one time? Obviously, 3 sounds much better than 6 and for sure better than10 or 15. If this weren’t so serious, it could easily be turned into a comedy routine.

All kidding aside. The rise in STDs is serious enough that the CDC has recently revised their STD Guidelines. For several years, the CDC has stated – “Abstinence is a reliable way to avoid STDs.” However, on June 5, 2015, the CDC changed the wording to: Abstinence: The most reliable way to avoid STDs is to not have sex. (i.e., anal, vaginal or oral). (1) On the same day, the CDC also stated: Mutual monogamy means you agree to be sexually active with only one person who has agreed to be sexually active only with you. Being in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner is one of the most reliable ways to avoid STDs…(2) (Call me crazy, but this sounds a lot like saving sex for marriage.) And the CDC also posted on July 21, 2015: Abstinence from vaginal, anal and oral intercourse is the only 100% effective way to prevent HIV, other STDs and Pregnancy. The correct and consistent use of male latex condoms can reduce the risk of STD transmission, including HIV infection. However, no protective method is 100% effective and condom use cannot guarantee absolute protection against any STD or pregnancy.(3) And who says ABSTINENCE doesn’t work? According to the CDC, it’s 100% effective.