Media: STDs Run Wild because We Don’t Talk about Sex Enough

If we would just talk about sex more we would fix the huge levels of sexually transmitted diseases.

STDs are a growing. Does anyone think that’s because we don’t talk about sex as much as we used to?

We’ve become a more promiscuous and immoral culture. Yet the media always addresses the increasing number of sexually transmitted diseases as a problem that can and should be fixed by education.

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Here’s a thought. Maybe we don’t need to talk about sex but to talk about marriage. Maybe the reality that sex is the way humanity procreates and that people who aren’t ready to be parents aren’t ready to have sex should be discussed.

AFP reports, “California on front line as STDs run rampant in US.

A billboard on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood screams out a stark warning: “drug-resistant gonorrhea alert!”

The words are set against a black background and accompanied by a microscope shot of the gonococcus bacteria, which causes the illness now running rampant in California.

Sexually transmitted diseases have made an alarming resurgence across the United States, where 2016 saw a record two million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis, including 628 cases of congenital syphilis.

But California, the most populous US state, stands out for its willingness to tackle the crisis head-on, with cases of the three ailments up 45 percent in 2017 from five years ago.

Thirty babies were stillborn amid 300 reported cases of congenital syphilis, more than in any other US state last year.

“These are incredibly alarming numbers,” said Heidi Bauer, chief of the STD control branch of the California Department of Public Health. She said it amounts to an epidemic.

Congenital syphilis had been essentially eliminated from the United States, as it had in developing countries such as Cuba, Thailand and Moldova in the former Soviet Union, said Jeffrey Klausner of the UCLA school of medicine.

“But you know the fact that congenital syphilis is roaring back in the states […] is a shameful reminder of our inadequate public health programs,” he said.

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Herein the problem seems to lie: the US health system is more reactive than preventive. And there is a lack of prevention and public awareness campaigns in a society in which people do not like to talk about sex.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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