American STD Rates Reach Record High

"We have reached a decisive moment for the nation."

The United States has outdone itself in the area of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, which the CDC now reports to be higher than any other time before in the history of this once-great country. 

According to the CDC annual STD surveillance report, 2014 and 2015 saw record rates of reported syphilis, chlamydia,and gonorrhea — the three most commonly reported STDs in America.

The numbers and percentage increases are staggering, with a rise in gonorrhea by 12.8%, syphilis by 19%, and chlamydia by 5.9%. Of those percentages, more than 1.5 million people reported chlamydia last year, with two-thirds of those in the 15- to 24-year-old young adult age range. For gonorrhea, 395,216 reported having contracted the disease in 2015. 

The two demographics most hit by these spikes were young adults and gay/bisexual men. The report also showed an increase in syphilis rates among newborns.

Dr. Jonathan Mermin, director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention, said these numbers represent a potential wake-up call for the nation. 

"We have reached a decisive moment for the nation," he said in a written statement. "STD rates are rising, and many of the country’s systems for preventing STDs have eroded. We must mobilize, rebuild and expand services — or the human and economic burden will continue to grow."

Dr. Gail Bolan, director of CDC’s Division of STD Prevention, called this report an "epidemic" that can only be curtailed by preventative measures. She stated:

The resurgence of congenital syphilis and the increasing impact of syphilis among gay and bisexual men makes it clear that many Americans are not getting the preventive services they need. Every pregnant woman should be tested for syphilis, and sexually active gay and bisexual men should be tested for syphilis at least once a year. To reverse the STD epidemic, we should all learn to talk more openly about STDs — with our partners, parents, and providers.

Some people would find these statistics ghastly; others not so much. With their endless calls for "SlutWalks" and shouts of STD pride on social media, feminists are no doubt jumping for joy over these stats -- even as the floor collapses beneath them.  

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