The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) claims that 20 million new sexually transmitted infections (STIs), almost half in people ages 15 to 24, are occurring annually in America.
The Daily Mail reports that "Human papillomavirus (HPV) tops the list as the most common infection followed by chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, hepatitis B, HIV and trichomoniasis." One researcher notes that the numbers have "been growing" in the last couple of decades, costing U.S. taxpayers $16 billion per year.
By the way, the Huffington Post reported on another creepy fact earlier this year regarding antibiotic resistance to gonorrhea, which affects 300,000 new sexually active people annually. "We've been very concerned about the threat of potentially untreatable gonorrhea in the United States," said Dr. Gail Bolan, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's division for sexually transmitted diseases. Of the 20 million new cases of STIs, one CDC official called it an "ongoing, severe STI epidemic," which begs the question...why?
With "experts" like Amy T. Schalet encouraging parents to allow their children to have sex at home, and the University of Chicago offering "Sex Week" to students where they warn that "Discussions and events may involve explicit material that may make some individuals feel uncomfortable," is it any wonder that young adults in particular are a bit more experimental?
It's the culture, stupid!
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