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)
The permissiveness in todays society is alarming. Sodom and Gomorrah probably
had higher standards.
“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.”(Harvard)
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.
"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.
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.
There has been an increasing problem with bacteria developing resistance to
antibiotics. What do you do when antibiotics fail ?
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
@StougerHaitians 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.
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.
@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.
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. 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
@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?
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.
@RiDal"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.
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.
My wife and I are free from any STDs.How are all you believers
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
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
"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.
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.
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.
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.
@JSB,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.
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.
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 ?
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.
In a couple of words: Cheap heroin and meth.
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.
By their fruits ye shall know them...
i think is similar to the attitude of those who don't vaccinate.
it won't happen to me.
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.
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.