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

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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