CDC: Sexually Transmitted Disease Epidemic Increasing Among Young People

A. women can pick up STD home tests from kiosks and a mobile health van. (Photo
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Young people aged 15-24 years develop half of all new sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), says a new report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In fact, CDC states that 1 in 4 sexually active adolescent females has an STD.

Overall, the report, titled “Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance 2014,” indicates the epidemic of STDs is growing worse in the United States, especially among young women.

In 2014, young people between the ages of 15-24 represented 66 percent of all reported chlamydia cases, and the rate of chlamydia increased 2.3 percent among those aged 20-24 years between 2013-2014. Women of that age group had the highest rate of chlamydia last year (3,651.1 cases per 100,000 females) compared with any other age and sex group.

The rate of reported cases of gonorrhea in 2014 was highest among women aged 20-24 years (533.7 cases per 100,000 females) compared with any other age or sex group. Additionally, women aged 15-19 years had the second highest rate of gonorrhea at 430.5.

CDC reports that while the rate of reported syphilis among women between the ages of 15-19 decreased each year from 2009-2013, the rate increased 31.6 percent during the 2013-2014 period. Women between 20-24 years of age had the highest rate of syphilis in 2014. Between 2013 and 2014, the syphilis rate jumped up to 15.4 percent for this age group.

“Condoms are said to have at least a 10 percent failure rate in preventing pregnancy,” Dr. Jane Orient, executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), tells Breitbart News.

It seems logical that the failure rate for preventing all STDs is much higher–viruses and bacteria are much smaller than sperm, and skin-to-skin transmission also occurs. Why doesn’t the CDC announce failure rates – aside from those for HIV which seems much harder to catch?

Orient says she is alarmed by the rate of STDs among college women.

“If you don’t take a detailed sexual history on your date, you don’t know him well enough to have sex,” she warns. “Safe sex is sex with your faithful spouse.”

CDC, however, appears to favor a comprehensive approach to sex education.

“Indeed, there are many obstacles to effective prevention efforts,” the agency states. “The first hurdle will be to confront the reluctance of American society to openly confront issues surrounding sexuality and STDs.”

“Despite the barriers, there are existing individual – and community-based interventions that are effective and can be implemented immediately,” CDC adds. “That is why a multifaceted approach is necessary at both the individual and community levels.”

Nevertheless despite more government efforts at funding comprehensive sex education programs offered by organizations such as Planned Parenthood, STDs are still on the rise among young people.

During her testimony before the House Oversight Committee in the wake of videos exposing her organization’s practice of harvesting the body parts of aborted babies for sale, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards touted the abortion business’ contribution to schools and communities.

“Through health centers, programs in schools and communities, and online resources, Planned Parenthood is a trusted source of reliable health information that allows people to make informed health decisions,” Richards told the committee. “One and a half million youth and adults participate in our educational programs. We currently average 6 million visits a month on our websites where health care information is readily available in English and Spanish.”

Planned Parenthood, in fact, has been a recipient of Obamacare grant funds to provide sex education, and while the organization does offer on its website basic information about sex and birth control methods – information that one could obtain from many other sources – Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic, for example, also advertised a flier for its “Fifty Shades of Safe” workshop, during which attendees were trained to:

  • Explain the link between BDSM (Bondage, Discipline/Domination, Sadism/Submission, Masochism) and the sexual behaviors of young adults and/or teenagers.
  • Identify the types of behaviors involved in BDSM and how a BDSM relationship is successfully navigated between sexual partners.
  • Relate elements of a healthy BDSM relationship to the relationship between Ana and Christian in the novel 50 Shades of Grey.

As Breitbart News previously reported, an undercover investigation of Planned Parenthood’s offerings of sex education found “counselors” providing guidance to individuals they believed to be teens on how to enjoy “safe” BDSM sexual behaviors, including “whipping,” “tying up,” and “asphyxiation.”

Pediatrician and American College of Pediatricians board member Dr. Jane Anderson tells Breitbart News that the increase in STIs among young people is part of a cultural shift in the United States.

“Beginning in the 1960s, the sexual revolution promoted the myth that sexual activity could occur outside of traditional marriage without any short-term or long term consequences,” Anderson says. “America is unfortunately continuing to reap the terrible results of that philosophy.”

“The recent CDC report documenting the increase in STIs among young people is just the tip of the iceberg when evaluating the consequences of promiscuity,” she adds. “There are additional physical, emotional, and even financial consequences that are draining our nation’s resources and damaging our young people’s potential. It is time for all those involved in the health sciences to acknowledge the detrimental results of our experiment with immorality.”

Dr. Michelle Cretella, president of the American College of Pediatricians, also expresses concern about the number of young people with reported STDs.

“The STI epidemic is one result of our sexually saturated culture and the myth perpetuated by academe, medicine, psychology, and our government that latex, contraception, vaccines and Big Pharma can make all sexual behavior – including anal sex – risk free,” Cretella tells Breitbart News. “Sadly, children are increasingly being fed these lies through comprehensive sex education – sometimes beginning in kindergarten. And as the CDC data demonstrates, it is our young people who are suffering the most.”


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