The CDC surveillance numbers for 2011 show that gonorrhea and chlamydia are up especially among young people and that three-quarters of all syphilis cases are among men who have sex with men; an analysis of STIs in New York City finds they are inextricably linked to poverty, and research suggests dormant HPV may reactivate as women near menopause.
This week: Too few young women get tested for Chlamydia, circumcised men have lower rates of prostate cancer, new guidelines recommend less frequent Pap tests, and young people in the South fare worse than their peers when it comes to sexual health.
STD Awareness Month (SAM) is important because of the potential harm of untreated STDs, including adverse pregnancy outcomes, infertility, cancers of the reproductive tract, and increased likelihood of HIV transmission.
Hispanic women are 15 times more likely and Black women three more times likely than white women to be tested for Chlamydia. Dare I say racial differences in STI testing is due to doctors’ racial prejudices about the sexual behaviors of Women of Color?
Despite some progress in reducing the incidence of gonorrhea in the United States, spyhillis and chlamydia continue to rise; women and girls make up an ever-increasing share of all those infected with HIV worldwide, and despite promises re: jobs! jobs! jobs! the Tea Party and conservative Republicans are gearing up to pat down your uterus daily.
New data suggest mixed progress and ongoing challenges in the United States when it comes to the three most commonly reported STDs: Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Syphilis.
We’re now entering the countdown to election day, and in some states the candidates show clear differences on abortion. In others, the choices are exactly the same.
Chlamydia is still the number 1 STD in America. What are you going to do about it?
American Indian and Alaska Native communities represent smaller numbers but higher risks for STD infection than those found in other sub-groups in the U.S. population. Addressing these requires focused strategies.
In Missouri, advocates are preparing for another round of attacks on reproductive health care while dealing with the fall out from anti-choice legislation passed in previous sessions.