It’s time to start taking gonorrhea prevention and control more seriously, before we end up – like the Black Knight – without a leg to stand on.
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.
As an African-American female who has worked in public health for 20 years I am a little exhausted of the slow progress that the United States has made concerning health equity for minority populations.
It’s rare that my MSM patients know which STDs they ought to be screened for, and how often. Men who have sex with men don’t get screened often enough for diseases like syphilis, gonorrhea, and HIV.
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 need to educate the American public that this “silent epidemic” – as STDs are frequently called – is real, in our midst, and we need to prioritize them as part of the national focus on prevention.
Chlamydia is still the number 1 STD in America. What are you going to do about it?
We are losing the battle on sexually transmitted infections in the United States, a loss that will have grave implications for public health. And in the first few months of my new job as executive director of the National Coalition of STD Directors, I’ve learned some things that will help us be more effective in this battle, if we take heed.
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.