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.
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.
An annual report on sexually transmitted diseases released today by the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that in 2008 adolescent girls 15–19 years of age had the largest reported number of chlamydia and gonorrhea cases when compared to any other age group.
An epidemic of sexually transmitted infections in the U.S. disproportionately affects blacks, youth, gays and the poor. Talking openly about sex is the first step in prevention.