Here’s a grim PSA to use your condoms: The Center for Disease Control’s annual report on sexually transmitted diseases in 2012 is out. Upon first glance, it would seem chlamydia is the STD we should be most worried about. At 1.4 million reported cases last year, chlamydia had the highest number of recorded instances of any CDC-monitored condition, not just among STDs. However, that 1.4 million represents only a 0.7 percent increase from 2011, and chlamydia is easily treated with antibiotics.
The news is not so great for syphilis and gonorrhea, the two other major STDs highlighted in the report. After syphilis saw an overall rate decrease in 2010 for the first time in a decade, the number of cases began creeping back up by 2012, when cases increased 11.1 percent, solely among men, with more cases reported for gay and bisexual men than heterosexual men.
It gets even more grim for gonorrhea, which last year saw a 10 percent increase in cases since 2009, significant considering overall gonorrhea rates had plateaued over the 10 years prior. Particularly worrisome: Gonorrhea strains have become increasingly resistant to antibiotic treatment, with as much as a third of infections completely resistant to all antibiotics. In 2013, the CDC categorized a drug-resistant strain of gonorrhea as an “urgent threat,” its highest warning level for superbugs.
You know what this means? Wrap it up, people! The best way to avoid becoming a statistic is to get that Magnum (hopefully) out before you get it on.
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