The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released the latest grim news about STDs and HIV rates.
Scott & White Health Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Seth
Sullivan said the local numbers are in line with the national ones.
Why is that thought?
said fewer people are using condoms, and are taking a more cavalier
approach to sex and are unafraid of catching an STD. He said some of
the drop in condom use is the result of other resources being
available, especially for HIV/AIDS.
He said the HIV/AIDS epidemic isn’t the same as it once was – with more people able to get and use treatment thanks to a one-a-day-pill. He said people are not as scared of HIV as they once were. On top of that, syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea can be treated with antibiotics.
problem, Sullivan said, is that people may never know they have these
infections and could do irreversible harm to their reproductive
system. He said these diseases could lead to inflammation and
scarring that is permanent for both men and women.
said the solution to this problem is easy – just use condoms and
get STD testing every three months if engaging in risky behavior or
anytime you start a new relationship.
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