According to a recent research by Student British Medical Journal the rate of sexually transmitted diseases is skyrocketing in the past few years, but researchers are not able to associate the increasing rate with people having unprotected sex regularly.
Why are they spreading?
A Statistic from CDC in the U.S shows the rates have nearly tripled over the past decades. Take syphilis for example; In the year 2000, there were 885 cases reported, in 2010 there were more than 2500 cases of people with Syphilis per 100,000 persons. Chlamydia climbed from 6700 cases in 2000 to more than 19000 cases in 2010; the same increment has been seen on gonorrhea and HIV. What’s going on? Why are STD’s spreading rapidly?
The reasons for STD’s Spreading?
The increase of STD rate is directly attributed to reduced funding in public health clinic according to CDC. There has been increasing erosions of STD’s programs at the local level. Most people, therefore, do not recognize that clinical care of people with STD is supported by federal funds and do not seek medical attention when they experience symptoms of STD’s. In many areas almost one-third of clinic often raise fees and co-pays that have resulted in most people with STD’s to stay at home.
Another obvious explanation could be the rise of Truvada( or PrEP) which is a daily pill that promises a full protection against HIV infection. It has been reported that those who took this drug do indeed use condoms less regularly when they are on this pill than they would when they aren’t. Although Truvada may be the culprit behind the wave of new STD infection, several health groups including WHO are encouraging some risk groups, for example, gay to get the pill and use it with the condom to prevent most STD infections.
Another recent research has been focusing on the reasons to be associated socioeconomic status and racial, ethnic background. The combination of assortative mixing among races and probably socioeconomic status with disassortative mixing by risk group can be one of the reasons for high rates STD’s.
Sex is a great gift, but if uncontrolled, it has a greater capacity to increase for evil. Our bodies were not created for multiple sex partners. All risk of STD can be significantly be avoided by saving sexual intercourse for marriage. It can be done; all that is needed is an emphasis on teens, young adults and even those in marriages. The rate is also increasing even to the old especially because their bodies are prone to changes. For example, post-menopausal changes to the vagina which decrease lubrication leaving old women vulnerable to minor injuries that facilitate the entry of pathogens.