You'll Be Shocked at What You Don't Know!

People are always asking why we continue to do what we do. Especially since our society seems to be so convinced sex is no big deal. There are no boundaries, no rules, no rights and wrongs, and it's perfectly okay to get involved in sex . . . whenever you're ready. Well, here's one of the many reasons why Aim For Success does not promote this dangerous, possibly life-altering lifestyle.

There was a brief historical window of time when sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) were thought to be a thing of the past. In the 50s and 60s, there were only two common STDs - Syphilis and Gonorrhea. But with penicillin readily available, these once deadly diseases were no longer considered a serious public health issue . . . and life was good. That is until science caught up with reality and it became obvious the phenomenon of the 50s and 60s was merely an illusion. Since that time, researchers discovered Syphilis and Gonorrhea were only two small pieces in an enormous escalating Hidden STD Epidemic. The following reveals a small snapshot of 45 years of discoveries.

1970s

  • There are more than 2.5 million cases of STDs throughout the U.S.

  • Researchers suspect a possible link between cervical cancer and either Genital Herpes or the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). If either is true, cervical cancer may be caused in part by an STD.

1980s

  • Five men in California are diagnosed with a rare infection which will be known as the start of the AIDS Epidemic. Eight years later 100,000 Americans are diagnosed with full-blown AIDS.

  • HPV type 16 and 18 are linked to cervical cancer and some researchers are questioning a possible connection between HPV and oral cancer. Efforts to develop an HPV vaccine begin.

  • Two percent of Gonorrhea cases are resistant to antibiotics. (In his 1945 Nobel Prize acceptance speech, Dr. Alexander Fleming warned overuse of penicillin might lead to bacterial resistance.)

1990s

  • AIDS is the leading cause of death for all Americans 25 to 44.

  • HPV is recognized as the cause of virtually all (99.7 percent) cervical cancer. HPV-16 is the most common cause followed by HPV-18. An estimated 20 million people are currently infected with HPV in the U.S. with 5.5 million people becoming infected each year. However, researchers have determined most HPV infections disappear within 2 years without causing any problems.

  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) is estimated to impact more than one million women each year causing an increased risk for chronic pelvic pain, infertility and potentially fatal ectopic pregnancies. Chlamydia and Gonorrhea are now recognized as important, preventable causes of PID and infertility.

  • Genital Herpes is spreading dramatically - especially among 15 to 24-year-olds.

  • Syphilis is at an all-time low and researchers are hopeful the end of this disease is near.

  • Gonorrhea dropped 74 percent since 1975, but is beginning to rise. Thirty percent of Gonorrhea cases are now thought to be resistant to antibiotics.

2000s

  • According to the CDC, more than 65 million Americans are now living with an incurable STD while 15 million people become infected with one or more STDs each year. About one-fourth of those infected are teenagers.

  • There are about 40,000 new cases of HIV annually in the U.S.

  • The FDA approves the first HPV vaccine for girls that can prevent about 70 percent of cervical cancer and 90 percent of genital warts if given before she is infected with HPV.

  • Oral cancer has always been linked to men in their 50s and 60s who were heavy consumers of tobacco and alcohol. Researchers now identify HPV-16 as another major cause of oral cancer. This means the same HPV type that causes nearly all cervical cancer in women is now causing cancer in the mouths and throats of men and women.

2010

  • The CDC estimates there are over 110 million total STDs across the country.

  • HPV-16 oral cancer is now the fastest spreading form of mouth and throat cancer in America. It is increasing by 10 percent every year and is killing one person every hour of every day. There are no early symptoms and no FDA approved test to diagnose this type of cancer. Those who are diagnosed are three times more likely to be men - usually 25 to 50-years-old.

  • The FDA approves the HPV vaccine for males, but it only works for those not already infected.

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