Valentine’s Day non-shocker: CDC reports “severe” STD “epidemic” in the US

Posted by: ST on February 14, 2013 at 11:27 am

Troubling news, via NBC’s “Vitals” blog:

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued two new studies of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) today detailing what the lead author of one calls “an ongoing, severe, STI epidemic.”

The studies reveal new infection data, some of it available for the first time, for the eight most common STIs — chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, human papillomavirus (HPV), hepatitis B, HIV, and trichomoniasis. The studies, which estimate infection rates and medical costs related to STIs, were published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Diseases.

Both are startling. In 2008, there were 20 million new incidents of infection in the United States, and a prevalence (new infections plus ongoing infection) of 110 million, according to CDC estimates. (Because one person may have more than one infection, the 110 million figure does not mean 110 million people have a sexually transmitted disease.) As a result, the United States incurred estimated direct medical costs of nearly $16 billion.

Previous such estimates, for years 1996 and 2000, estimated approximately 15 million and 18.9 million new incidents respectively, though these reports used somewhat different data sources and methodology so the CDC cautions against making direct comparisons. According to the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, the American Social Health Association, and the CDC, the U.S. has the highest rate of STIs in the industrialized world.

“STIs take a big health and economic toll on men and women in the United States, especially our youth,” CDC epidemiologist Catherine Lindsey Satterwhite, who led the study of incidence and prevalence, told NBC News.

Although people age 15-24 account for only 25 percent of the nation’s sexually experienced population, Satterwhite’s study estimates they account for about half of all sexually transmitted infections.

Gee, I cannot IMAGINE why our nation’s young people account for half of all STDs in America, can you? “Researchers” and “experts” will blame it on  lack of “school-based universal access to the HPV vaccine” and “feminists” will use bogus public school sex ed statistics, but we all know it goes way beyond that. Our culture is rotting from the inside out.  Casual sex is looked upon now as not just a mere “rite of passage” but more so as a “way of life” to teens and “young adults.” Today’s “hook-up” mentality is yesterday’s “love ’em and leave ’em” successor. Young women are sexualized at younger and younger ages, with the pressure to look and act “sexy” more intense than it ever has been. TV shows and movies are full of teen characters who have random sex and who dress a lot older than their ages.  Women who want to wait until they’re more mature and in a stable relationship to have sex are mocked and ridiculed. That goes quadruple for responsible males. 

College-age guys are essentially given the green light to pursue simultaneous “relationships” with equally promiscuous young women by prominent “feminists” who embolden young women to “just do it” because, heck, why shouldn’t they be able to have guilt-free “fun” like guys have “gotten away with” over the decades?  And, oh  yes, it’s no longer “appreciate me for my mind” for feminists – it’s “gimme my free birth control” even though after all the time and money spent trying to educate the masses on safe sex, MANY STILL CHOOSE TO TAKE THAT RISK.

I could go on and on, but you get the point.   I just wish the Elitist Leftists Who Have All the Answers did, too. Oh well.

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9 Responses to “Valentine’s Day non-shocker: CDC reports “severe” STD “epidemic” in the US”


  1. Dana says:

    The feminists are their own worst enemy in this. As societal pressure on young people is the “hook up” culture and casual, easy sex, adult women are starting to find out that, once they are out of their mid-20s, there’s always someone younger and cuter available for their men. And when they over-sexualize teen girls, they are increasing the number of women with whom they have to compete, away from the 18-25 year olds, but down to the 14 and 15 year olds who dress like hotties, and are feeling the pressure to be cool and with it and go for it.

    Every human society and culture of which we have any knowledge had morés and taboos which restricted sex into culturally-beneficial channels, but today, why we’re just so much smarter than everyone who came before us.

  2. Brontefan says:

    I find today’s culture of ultra sexual freedom to be anything but! There is little or no dating, decent young men cannot find a gal who hasn’t been with every guy she ever met… and the society seems to be focused on only personal sexual gratification. The ideas of morality, decency, good taste, decorum, and good judgement seem to be gone by the wayside. I have two grown sons, both single, and both complain about the dating scene–if you can call it that. The idea that you can just do anything you want to do and that there are no consequences–especially now with birth control & abortion available–is false. We always have consequences to our actions/behavior.

  3. Drew the Infidel says:

    @Brontefan–Agreed. With the indiscriminate dating patterns nowadays it is no wonder the STD rate is so high. Members of the opposite sex who are for sex only with no strings attached are now called “friends with benefits”. The Navy advice was “wrap it, whiz it, wash it, watch it”, otherwise known as the 4 W’s.

  4. Marilyn says:

    I’ve never understood why liberals are fighting so hard for gun control, when so many more people die annually from STD infections. Where is the outrage?

    30,000 a year die from syphilis alone.

    Peculiarly, I never get a bite when I argue the point in a gun control argument…

    I am all for the reinstatement of institutionalized shame.

  5. Ellen K says:

    Wow, would this have anything to do with the failure to implement common sense procedures with AIDS and STD’s as they do with every other communicable disease? Instead we are told “not to judge” to be “sensitive” to the situation. Of course now that our borders are virtual sieves we are also seeing a return of mumps, measles, whooping cough and more. Add the idiocy of the Jenny McCarthy types who have influenced soft minded moms to avoid vaccines and you have a situation ripe for a big time, killing epidemic. I hope it doesn’t happen, but I fear it will sooner rather than later. BTW, how will Obamacare serve in that situation?

  6. MissJean says:

    No one has mentioned the flipside: A lot of conservative, even Christians, are buying into the cultural message. I know several who co-habited before marriage, who don’t expect their sons to be chaste (although they expect more of their daughters), and who generally cave into the culture. So it’s no wonder that those without any conservative ideas are like ducks.

  7. Carlos says:

    Elitist stupids, also known as teachers, are convinced that by telling their charges over and over again that condoms offer protection, it’s no wonder both the pregnancy rate and the rate of spread of STDs are increasing.

    But then, don’t let facts get in the way. Morality aside, one has only to look at the rate of condom failure (around 2%-4%) to figure out that not only are the kids being sold a bill of goods, but their parents and society in general are, too. I mean, if a sperm (comparatively huge to a bacterium or virus) can make it through that little pinhole in the condom, what makes them think the multitudes of bacteria and/or viruses won’t?

  8. If schools taught sex ed in the same dull and unimaginative fashion they do other subjects it would lead to extinction of the species.

  9. Sefton says:

    I’ve never understood why liberals are fighting so hard for gun control, when so many more people die annually from STD infections. Where is the outrage?

    The next government sanctioned control will be to institute a sexual database for every citizen (or “citizen-lite” for some); a requirement for the coming single payer health care law in Hillary’s first term. Cecile Richards will write and facilitate the particulars; one being that, like their favored “assault weapons ban”, progressives will legislate that any sexual thought or act must first be registered with the newly formed Sexual Sanction (SS) branch of the DHHS, naturally in co-op with the CDC, FEMA and DHS.
    Failure to register any sexual act (or intent to commit such act) will bring federal charges of Conspiracy to deliver or [with heightened probability and potential to] dispense a weapon of mass destruction.
    The federal government, through the SS and its authorities, will provide each state and local branch with phone numbers the public are to call when they become aroused.
    It’s for the children.