Did You Know STDs Are on the Rise in America?
Yes, they are, even though Americans are having less sex. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has reported STDs were at an all-time high in 2017. We might be having less sex, but it’s definitely getting riskier.
Here are some numbers to give you a better idea. Gonorrhea is up by 67 percent, syphilis had a 76 percent jump, and chlamydia had the lowest rise in numbers at 21 percent.
So how is this possible if we’re having less sex as a country? The number of Americans who haven’t had sex in a year has gone from 18 percent to 22 percent over the last 20 years. Americans in the 18 to 30-year-old range are averaging sex twice a month.
So, what accounts for the rise? More people are having sex without condoms and more people are having risky sex because of opioid use and other addictions. With HIV lifesaving meds becoming more available, Guy and bi-sexual men are using condoms less. Heterosexual couples are also ditching rubbers. Women and pregnant women are getting more STDs so these infections are getting into new populations. People who inject drugs like opioids are more likely to have forced sex, sex for money, and/or sex with other people who also inject drugs—these are all high-risk factors for STD transmission.
Another reason for the rise of STDs is that public-health centers and STD-prevention and -treatment programs in the U.S. have had their funds cut—they’re underfunded, have less staff and shorter hours, and others have just shuttered.
But, you can change the cycle. Use condoms and if you have sex without a condom make sure BOTH you and your lover as tested before you engage in sexual activity. If you’re a single guy, how about bringing a sex doll into the bedroom? Love and Sex Dolls are disease and commitment free, and we got two amazing ones for sale as well as masturbators. Because the safest sex you can have is with yourself!