America's STD increases 'steep and sustained,' CDC says

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  • GOCO New York, NY
    Oct. 17, 2018 3:02 a.m.

    Honesty in some way can control STDs' rise. Have STD testing regulary, tell your sexual histories honestly to your doctor. If you do have one STD, learns ways to avoid transmission. - MPWH (meet people with herpes)

  • Joey D Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 15, 2018 11:03 a.m.

    The permissiveness in todays society is alarming. Sodom and Gomorrah probably had higher standards.

  • 1aggie Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 15, 2018 4:51 a.m.

    “Emergency contraceptive pills prevent pregnancy primarily, or perhaps exclusively, by delaying or inhibiting ovulation. There is no evidence to suggest that either of the FDA-approved emergency contraceptive options, levonorgestrel (LNG, such as Plan B One-Step, Take Action, Next Choice One Dose or My Way ) or ulipristal acetate (UPA, such as ella) works after an egg is fertilized.

    Emergency contraceptive pills will not cause an abortion. EC is not the same as the abortion pill. There is no point in a woman's cycle when the emergency contraceptive pills available in the United States would end a pregnancy once it has started.”

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 14, 2018 12:05 p.m.

    No brainer.
    People now days have multiple partners, many spouses and partners are unfaithful, many do not care about safe sex, more substance abuse makes people less inhibited leading to more unsafe sex, and there is more sexual assault nowadays. All a depressing picture. All leading to poorer mental health and high health care costs someone has to pay for.

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    Oct. 13, 2018 12:59 p.m.

    "Emergemcy contraceptions" cause abortions by any medically logical use of the term since they act to stop a pregnancy after conception.

    More to the point, a good study woulb be to learn what percentage of teens think "emergency contraceptives" work against STDs considering this is what much of the rhetoric in their naming and the shaming of pharmacists who wont prescibe them seems to be trying to imply.

    On another note the rise in the rate of STDs is not limited to any area or ethnic group but is being seen generally across the country. This would suggest the roots of the problem are to be found in the general national discourse on the matter not in any specific sub-group or in policies that only exist in some places.

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    Oct. 13, 2018 12:47 p.m.

    One problem that may explain the dosconnect between teenaged pregnacy rates and STD rates is that many actions that prevent pregnancy do not stop STDs. This includes the birthcontrol pill but also some other methods.

  • 1covey Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 12, 2018 2:26 p.m.

    There has been an increasing problem with bacteria developing resistance to antibiotics. What do you do when antibiotics fail ?

  • 1aggie Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 12, 2018 2:13 p.m.

    Why are STD rates increasing?

    #1 Because of a decrease in the use of condoms.

    Whether a woman is on birth control or not, men need to use condoms.

  • Nuschler121 Villa Rica, GA
    Oct. 12, 2018 1:21 p.m.

    Haitians don’t have more STIs than Americans. Donald Trump is not a public health doctor. Repeating hate speech gets us nowhere.

    In the 21st century it is CRAZY to have abstinence only sex education! I’m a family practice doc and I am amazed at how uneducated adults AND teens are regarding sex.

    Sex isn’t dirty or something to be hidden away. Just as we teach our children the correct names for parts of the body PLEASE just treat the entire body as normal. Don’t use euphemisms such as your “wee-wee” or your “private parts.”

    Please do NOT allow your children unlimited access to “social media.” A child's pre-frontal lobe of the brain remains immature to age 26. They do NOT make sound decisions. Up to 75% of children send naked pictures to each other--“sexting.” The Internet is forever.

    Pornography is freely accessible to ANYONE on the Internet.

    STIs are a SYMPTOM of an out of control culture. I frankly tell parents that there is NO reason for your children to own a smart phone. NONE.

    Do NOT allow your child to hide in his/her room using the Internet. 18 y/o’s think they know EVERYTHING when they know practically nothing.

    Social media is horrible-bullies etc.

  • The Atheist Provo, UT
    Oct. 12, 2018 12:27 p.m.

    According to the NIH, the states with the highest STD/STI rates have at least one thing in common: predominance of Abstinence-Only Education.

    Wake. Up. Believers!

  • shamrock Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 12, 2018 12:13 p.m.

    @RiDal of Sandy, UT claims that today's sex education is "devoid of moral content."

    Interesting, since Section 53G-10-402 of the Utah Code requires that sex education in our schools "shall stress... the importance of abstinence from all sexual activity before marriage and fidelity after marriage as methods for preventing certain communicable diseases."

    Sounds "moral" to me.

  • J. Smith Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 12, 2018 11:35 a.m.

    Dear RiDal: A nationwide survey conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation and Seventeen Magazine revealed considerable gaps in teens’ knowledge. The survey found that many teens hold misconceptions and harbor unnecessary and unfounded fears – such as the belief that contraception can cause infertility or birth defects. Nearly 20 percent of surveyed teens underestimated the effectiveness of the contraceptive patch or ring, and over 25 percent believed that emergency contraception causes abortion. Few teens understood the effectiveness of the male condom in preventing STIs, including HIV. In addition, over 25 percent of the teens did not know that oral contraception provides no protection against sexually transmitted diseases.[16] The government-sponsored abstinence evaluation conducted by Mathematica Policy Research also confirmed that teens have important gaps in knowledge of STIs. The study found that on average, youth got only about half the answers correct regarding the health consequences of STIs

  • HSTucker Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 12, 2018 11:33 a.m.

    @JoJax: "What you know about communicable diseases and AIDS could fit in a staggeringly small thimble."

    Aside from the explicitly prohibited personal attack, what is truly staggering is the degree to which some people claim to know what others know.

    I am very curious to hear what, exactly, fellow commentator RiDal knows. Citation please?

  • JoJax Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 12, 2018 11:10 a.m.

    RiDal So much to unpack here and so little desire to educate you.
    A) The liberal left? So... Dems are for STDs and sex eduacation as long as there is no "moral content?" Wow.
    B) What you know about communicable diseases and AIDS could fit in a staggeringly small thimble. Please do some research, and I don't mean fox News.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 12, 2018 11:04 a.m.

    "The idea that rational human beings, even as teenagers, simply cannot control themselves to adhere to morality is simply false. "

    Oh, they can.. but many won't, so they need to be informed about how to best protect themselves when they don't.

  • J. Smith Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 12, 2018 11:01 a.m.

    Dear RiDal - Sandy, UT: Since 1982, the government has spent over $2 billion on domestic abstinence-only education programs. Federal funding guidelines for these programs have required an exclusive focus on abstinence, forbidding accurate information of condoms and contraception, sexual orientation and other aspects of human sexuality. Some states began refusing the funding in the mid-2000s so they could provide their constituents with the comprehensive and medically accurate information they needed; by 2009, nearly half of U.S. states were refusing abstinence-only dollars. In 2010, Congress shifted the focus of federal funding to evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs. But abstinence-only funding persisted — given renewed support from a conservative Congress after 2010.
    Mainstream health professional groups, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine, have come out strongly against abstinence-only approaches and in support of education that promotes health sexuality.

  • The Atheist Provo, UT
    Oct. 12, 2018 10:42 a.m.

    My wife and I are free from any STDs.

    How are all you believers doing?

  • HSTucker Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 12, 2018 10:37 a.m.

    I wonder if the ubiquity of always-on connections to the internet and the seductive quality of "cyberspace" (an alternative reality) has anything to do with recent changes in sexual behavior nationwide? Pornography? Snapchat? Tinder?

    Oh, right, what was I thinking? Everything is Trump's fault.

  • RiDal Sandy, UT
    Oct. 12, 2018 10:24 a.m.

    And speaking of STD prevention strategies:
    Did you ever stop to think that AIDS is the only deadly epidemic in world history for which the 100% effective prevention is already known: simple morality.
    Also contemplate the fact that is the only deadly communicable disease in human history for which we are prevented from quarantining the carriers solely for reasons of political correctness.

  • RiDal Sandy, UT
    Oct. 12, 2018 10:19 a.m.

    "Clearly preaching "abstinence" does not and never has worked,..."

    Actually, if you look at the factual historical data (see below), preaching abstinence did work far better than any of the current "education" and free condom giveaways. It is a simple fact. The idea that rational human beings, even as teenagers, simply cannot control themselves to adhere to morality is simply false. It is a myth propagated by those who gain power by having the masses surrender responsibility for their own actions.

  • Strider303 American Fork, UT
    Oct. 12, 2018 10:11 a.m.

    It appears so simple as a public health principle: isolation. I suggest isolating oneself from possible exposure and infection by common sense i.e. chastity before marriage and fidelity after. This implies some self-control and proper courting. Physical relationships are a reward or benefit from the mutual commitment of marriage. No one is forced to follow this “old fashioned” dictum but it did and does work.

    As to one’s “right to do whatever they want” stance, I agree one can do as one wants, but sometimes the consequences can hurt, a lot. Possible sterility and lingering disability and early demise, despite good or even the best medical care, await the adventurous or rebellious among us and drain the public coffers at the same time.

    As to the comment that I am only injuring myself, it appears that infants can be infected from some of these diseases causing an innocent third party to suffer and further drain the public treasury for some degree of care.

    Choices make our lives and our futures.

  • J. Smith Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 12, 2018 10:09 a.m.

    Clearly preaching "abstinence" does not and never has worked, human nature always prevails despite hoping the "just don't have sex" message will work. That is why organizations like Planned Parenthood, youth outreach groups and common sense should drive this conversion, not religious zealots who cannot deal with plan cold hard facts.

  • Doom Turtle SLC/SLC, UT
    Oct. 12, 2018 10:05 a.m.

    School sex-education needs to teach the use of condoms and other barrier devices which are proven to be effective in reducing the incidence of STD's.
    Teaching abstinence only is not working and is failing the children and young adults of Utah.
    In part, the proponents of abstinence only sex education are to blame for the rise in STD cases.

  • NeifyT Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 12, 2018 9:43 a.m.


    I see you have identified as living in Idaho. I don't know about Idaho; but "chastity" (both the moral version you talk about; and complete abstinence); are the only things preached in Utah; both in churches, and public schools, and families. In the public schools in Utah it is even illegal to mention things such as condoms unless specifically asked by a student; and then only after harping on abstinence.

    You are right that abstinence before marriage; and complete fidelity within marriage would eliminate STD's.

    The problem is; our culture bombards children from the time they are very young, yes even in G rated movies and children's TV shows; that they need to start having sex early and often and with as many people as they can. That is the message that is being sent.

    But, because abstinence is the only thing talked about in public education, by parents, and by churches; children don't even know what "sex" and "sexuality" mean; they grow up hearing strange things like: "soaking" isn't sex at all, hop up and down afterward will keep form getting an STD; and many other crazy things.

    We need the opposite, yes preach abstinence; but children also need good education.

  • dmcvey Los Angeles, CA
    Oct. 12, 2018 9:13 a.m.

    It's not really a mystery why people aren't using prevention or getting treatment--bad sex education and shame.

    @RiDal The years that infection were low were the years where people got good sex ed--abstinence only education is not good.

  • RiDal Sandy, UT
    Oct. 12, 2018 8:40 a.m.

    The answer is very clear to anyone willing to look at the data with an objective mind.
    In the 60's STD's were "a problem", so the Liberal Left cried for more "sex education" and funding. But it was education devoid of moral content. So, of course, increase in sexual activity occurred, and statistically STD's skyrocketed.
    Similarly, in the 1950-60s unwed teen pregnancy was "a problem". There were about 5% of teen girls getting pregnant. So the liberal-Left cried for and instituted the same "education" system, ignoring the moral component of all human actions, and now the teen unwed mother rate is up to 37%, with almost 70% of Black kids being born into fatherless homes.
    Which excites the Liberal -Left to cry for more education and funding.
    Do you see the pattern here ?

  • Rita B Herriman, UT
    Oct. 12, 2018 8:35 a.m.

    Better sex education in schools leads to fewer STDs and fewer unwanted pregnancies. If we want to pretend that it's better not to teach kids this stuff, we end up with significant consequences in society. I had a really good thorough sex ed class in high school that included info about birth control, abstinence, and STDs. The birth control info didn't make me want to have sex outside of marriage, and the other info taught to us probably prevented lots of problems for my classmates.

  • stevo123 Driggs, ID
    Oct. 12, 2018 7:36 a.m.

    In a couple of words: Cheap heroin and meth.

  • KSM's Dad Ogden, UT
    Oct. 12, 2018 6:38 a.m.

    Why the surprise? For decades now, society has increasingly paraded the idea that sex has no consequences; it’s just something everyone does and at younger and younger ages. It is just another transactional activity, like buying popcorn at a movie. Entertainment glorifies it and makes it seem that if someone is NOT doing it, there must be something wrong with them. Sex education includes the cautionary warnings about this, and the risk of pregnancy, but younger people “know” it won’t happen to them. If we’re afraid to teach abstinence until after marriage and then complete fidelity after, we’ll never eradicate STDs. Maybe if more people understood that someone who is willing to engage in transactional sex with you, has probably engaged in it with someone else and therefore could have an STD. If you’re sleeping around, you’re sleeping around with everyone your partner has slept with too.

  • emb Pleasant Grove, UT
    Oct. 12, 2018 6:23 a.m.

    By their fruits ye shall know them...

  • not status quo Bountiful, UT
    Oct. 12, 2018 5:16 a.m.

    i think is similar to the attitude of those who don't vaccinate.
    it won't happen to me.

  • WeThePeople Sandy, UT
    Oct. 11, 2018 11:25 p.m.

    Simple. People are getting these diseases because of the choices they make.

    We are commanded to maintain chastity. If we lived according to that Law, these diseases would be non-existent.

  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    Oct. 11, 2018 11:02 p.m.

    When I was in the 6th Army Med Lab in the Bay Area (1966-68), the only STDs we were aware of and tested for were syphilis & gonorrhea. But as I observed the amount of promiscuous behavior all around me, I thought that one of the plagues of the latter days would be a new STD--I predicted AIDS years before it was discovered. What I didn't predict was that we now have over 30 STDs in our population. Most of the article stresses the importance of getting tested and cured. Finally, almost as an afterthought, in the last paragraph we read: “The CDC's list of strategies to prevent or reduce the risk of STDs includes abstinence, vaccination, mutual monogamy & safe sex practices such as use of condoms.” The fact is that within a short period of time all STDs could be eliminated from the whole earth if people limited intimate sex to the person of the opposite sex to whom they are married. Yet we hear so little about chastity as a practical option. People that stress chastity are belittled. But if we get a couple more new STDs that are fatal, then the only people left alive will be those that are wise enough to be chaste.