Utah experiences 'significant' increase in STD cases in 2012

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  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    April 23, 2013 4:50 p.m.

    To "Tolstoy" do you teach your kids how to be the safest possible or just sort of safe when entering dangerous situations? If you start with your home and making it a better place, that influence can expand beyond your house.

    That is the difference. Society has normalized the sort of safe option while mocking and shunning the safest option. If we taught abstinance and had more television shows glamorizing it, you would see a drop in STDs and other societal problems that have grown with permiscuity.

  • formetoknow PAYSON, UT
    April 22, 2013 5:09 p.m.

    There are no words to describe what I have read in the comments. It is as if the commenters look down on the human race and sexuality with such disdain that they somehow wish they weren't human. I wish there was someway to reach those of you who demonstrate disgust for those whom you profess to love, but alas I think the cause is already lost.

    We must educate our parents to pull their collective heads out of the sand.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    April 22, 2013 3:55 p.m.

    @ Redshirt: You are right - if everyone were perfect, this would not be an issue - but since no one is perfect, this is just one of many issues humans have to deal with.

    Humans sin - that was part of the consequence of the result of the war in Heaven. Remember?

    But we were given knowledge to overcome and prevent many of the worse consequences of sin - or do you not believe that the Glory of God is intelligence?

  • MormonSean Salt Lake City, UT
    April 22, 2013 12:50 p.m.

    I'm sorry if anyone thought I was implying that innocent victims are somehow sinned. I meant that innocent victims of wrong doing can still find joy even though they've been hurt AND that even those who have hurt others can find hope in the atonement, etc.


    Moral truth applies to everyone, married or not. I am not married yet I do not act on impulse and sleep with everyone I meet as so many seem to nearly do. It is comparable to no less than acting like an animal. There is no such thing as "responsible irresponsibility". You can't teach a person who is breaking the rules to 'break them in a way that they will never face consequences'.

    People want statistics, numbers, evidence and proof. Test the words of the Book of Mormon, keep the commandments, and see if you are happier for it or not. Couples who do exactly that enjoy blessings of happiness and a life free from the consequences of sin. Percentage of success = 100%

    There is no middle ground. You can't "kind of" get STD's or "kind of" avoid them.

    100% keeping the commandments = 100% Prevention.

    The truth is simple.

  • Sasha Pachev Provo, UT
    April 22, 2013 12:37 p.m.

    There is only one form of safe sex - with your spouse. Everything else is like teaching safety while driving drunk. Note that most drunk driving trips ends safely, that is perhaps the problem. That is why people drive drunk - most of the time nothing bad happens. But if you want real safety, drive sober!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    April 22, 2013 12:12 p.m.

    I have no sympathy for people with AIDS/STD's when their own poor choices have caused the outcome.

    Your choice. Deal with it

  • Redshirt1701 Deep Space 9, Ut
    April 22, 2013 11:47 a.m.

    To "Tolstoy" if everybody abstained from sex until marriage, would there be any concern about STD's? If you taught your children to abstain from sex until marriage and to seek out a spouse who did the same, would you ever have to worry about STDs?

  • Marilynn SLC, UT
    April 22, 2013 11:44 a.m.

    You can see the numbers of cases in the graph on the left hand side of the article. Also in this part of the article "Cases began dropping significantly, to 277 in 2011, before rising again to an estimated 480-490 in 2012." So we know there is about 500 cases in UT, assuming some weren't reported or tested.

    I think this is a great article, and we should be doing something to bring these numbers down. I feel a lot of people are talking about 'only having sex with their spouse' BUT you have to think of the single population, they're having a lot of unprotected sex. A lot of drunken sex=bad decisions and ultimately disease transmission. I think it starts with our youth, abstinence only, as great as it sounds, isn't reality. We know kids are having sex at younger ages, and need CORRECT information. Parents need to educate themselves so they can talk to their kids, and schools need to GET ON BOARD with COMPREHENSIVE sexual health. Otherwise, our numbers will continue to climb astronomically.

  • MormonSean Salt Lake City, UT
    April 22, 2013 10:27 a.m.


    I don't fantasize or imagine up some pretend scenario where abstinence is the solution.

    It has been said that promiscuity does not foster lasting happiness. But keeping intimacy between husband and wife and abstinence are not the same thing. Promiscuity is the highest cause of STD's and that is a objective and observable fact. It is not a fantasy. The only fantasy is thinking that you can live a lifestyle and not face the consequences of that decision. It's dangerous not only physically, but spiritually and morally. Most people are not ignorant but knowledgeable of such consequences. To knowingly do wrong will bring more misery when consequences arrive.

    This isn't complicated. It isn't unfair, cruel or misguided. It's true, just and designed for our benefit and joy. We've all made decisions with painful consequences. From these we learn wisdom and can live upright and happy lives or we can decide to remain in a state of misery.

    Fidelity between husband and wife literally prevents misery. I understand such choices can be hard, but nothing good will come from resisting messages given peacefully that are designed to protect and lift others to happiness.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    April 22, 2013 10:00 a.m.

    Will the word "GROSS" get by the moderator? If so...this is GROSS.

    C'mon on people. We are not a bunch of animals. Homo Sapiens have an outer cortex that allows them to discriminate and judge and control actions.

    Have sex with your spouse. And if that is not in your moral framework, then have sex with someone who is responsible and aware of their own health.

    This disease may be uncurable but it is totally PREVENTABLE!!!

  • Tilka PORTLAND, OR
    April 22, 2013 8:05 a.m.

    How about giving out the numbers. Percentages don't tell us much. Is it an increase of 15 to 25?

  • JustAnotherBrat west valley city, UT
    April 22, 2013 6:42 a.m.

    Wow... Sure it is a fine fantasy of many that teaching abstinance is all that is needed but it is not. Our society as a whole is a sexually active one and all people, especially teens, need to be taught the risks of STD's , how to talk about then and how to prevent them. Abstinance only is not the answer.

  • Maudine SLC, UT
    April 21, 2013 9:50 p.m.

    Reading some of these comments, I'm wondering if we shouldn't go back to scarlet A's....

  • MormonSean Salt Lake City, UT
    April 21, 2013 9:08 p.m.

    God gave us a grand design for human happiness = our family. Not all families are perfect and the actions of one person can positively or negatively affect a family. But no amount of happiness can compensate for the happiness that can be found within a home filled with love. Imagine our Heavenly Father creating a painting. It is vibrant, inspired, and it was made for the purpose of expressing joy and fostering that happiness within others. People can make a copy of the Mona Lisa and add a mustache, but then it's not the Mona Lisa anymore. It's not the creation of DaVinci, the original painter.

    Like a painting, the integrity of the family is vital to the cause of human happiness. Through obedience to the family design we not only will obtain happiness that lasts forever, but we will be free. Satan's captivity takes away freedom, as evidenced by promiscuity, etc.


    Indeed, innocent people suffer because of the wicked. Although, it's very important to note that such suffering is still due to wickedness. Thankfully to our Heavenly Father, the innocent (or even guilty through repentance) can still find joy through the atonement.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    April 21, 2013 7:39 p.m.

    This is why education beyond abstinence is needed. Even if you are abstinent or plan to be, you need to know enough to make sure that your eventual partner is not infecting you will something.

    It is all great to say that there are penalties for breaking the rules - but if your child were to slip once, would you really want them saddled with something like this for the rest of their lives?

  • Cedarite Cedar City, UT
    April 21, 2013 5:14 p.m.

    It is possible to not break any rules oneself and get diseases from a cheating spouse, so it's not all just deserts and righteous punishment of the wicked.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    April 21, 2013 4:17 p.m.

    Dear John C.C.: Your comment is excellent and absolutely correct. Promiscuity destroys lives, families, generations and civlizations. It destoys the ability to truly love. Living the law of chastity is the only way to true happiness.

  • John C. C. Payson, UT
    April 21, 2013 3:27 p.m.

    And disease is not the dearest price. Promiscuity deprives non-consenting, innocent children of a secure, stable home environment. It handicaps its consenting participants with a growing inability to exercise self-discipline. They end up being led around like slaves to every whiff of animal attraction under the guise of free choice. That's not love.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    April 21, 2013 2:39 p.m.

    There is a price to be paid for breaking the rules.