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BE IN THE KNOW….. SAFE SEX AND THE FACTS

At age 16 John had sex with Andrea. Just one time. He enjoyed the experience but felt guilty and decided the risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and pregnancy were just too great. He did not have sex again until nine years later when he married Cindy, who was a virgin. Three months after their wedding Cindy began having painful symptoms. Unknowingly John, who had never had any symptoms of disease, had brought two STDs into his marriage. But John and Cindy were lucky; they both responded to treatment and are healthy today. Many others, however, are not so fortunate. Today STDs are at unprecedented and epidemic proportions. Thirty years of the sexual revolution is paying an ugly dividend, and those most at risk are teenagers. This is true partially because teenagers are more sexually active than ever before, but also because teenage girls are more susceptible to STDs than males or adult females.

While a few STDs can be transmitted apart from sex acts, all are transmissible by the exchange of bodily fluids during intimate sexual contact. I want to discuss the severity of the problem as well as what must be done if we are to save a majority of the next generation from the shame, infertility, and sometimes death, that may result from STDs.

If you are not aware of some of the following statistics, then prepare to fasten your seat belt because what I have to report is not pretty. The information I am about to share is from data gathered by the Medical Institute for Sexual Health in Austin, Texas.(1) All of these statistics are readily available from reputable medical and scientific journals.

Today, there are approximately 25 STDs. A few can be fatal. Some are relatively harmless, but all are humiliating. Many women are living in fear of what their future may hold as a result of STD infection. It is estimated that 1 in 5 Americans between the ages of 15 and 55 are currently infected with one or more viral STDs, and 12 million Americans are newly infected each year. That’s nearly 5% of the entire population of the U.S.! Of these new infections, 63% involve people less than 25 years old.

This epidemic is a recent phenomenon. Some young people have parents who may have had multiple sexual partners with relative impunity and conclude that they too are safe from disease. However, most of these diseases were not around 20 to 30 years ago. Prior to 1960, there were only two prevalent sexually transmitted diseases: syphilis and gonorrhea. Both were easily treatable with antibiotics.

In the sixties and seventies this relatively stable situation began to change. For example, in 1976, chlamydia first appeared in increasing numbers in the U.S. Chlamydia, particularly dangerous to women, is now the most common bacterial STD in the country. In 1981, human immuno-deficiency virus (HIV), the virus which causes AIDS, was identified. By early 1993, between 1 and 2 million Americans were infected with HIV or AIDS, over 12 million were infected worldwide, and over 160,000 had died in the U.S. alone. Then herpes was added to the mix. This STD now infects 30 million people.

In 1985, human papilloma virus (HPV) began a dramatic increase. This virus can result in venereal warts and will often lead to deadly cancers.

By 1990, penicillin-resistant strains of gonorrhea were present in all fifty states, and by 1992 syphilis was at a 40-year high. As of 1993, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which is almost always caused by gonorrhea or chlamydia, was affecting 1 million new women each year. This includes 16,000 to 20,000 teenagers. This infection can result in pelvic pain and infertility and is the leading cause of hospitalization for women between the ages of 15 and 55, apart from pregnancy.

Pelvic inflammatory disease can result in scarred fallopian tubes which block passage of a fertilized egg. The fertilized egg, therefore, cannot pass on to the uterus, and the growing embryo will cause the tube to rupture. From 1960 to 1990 there was a 400% increase in tubal pregnancies, most of which were caused by STDs. Making matters even worse is the fact that 80% of those infected with an STD don’t know it and will unwittingly infect their next sexual partner.

Article was written by Raymond G. Bohlin

14 Responses to BE IN THE KNOW….. SAFE SEX AND THE FACTS

  • Cindy Royal says:

    Hahahahaaaa Cindyyyyyy!!!

  • G3N3RAL "nuh stress me out... yes me want be good..{bighood} a ded" GOG3TT3R says:

    lol cindy yuh did affi see dat hee

  • Cindy Royal says:

    Cyaa miss it GG lol.

    But seriously, all chlamydia serious bad enuh. Mi read a literature dat seh it can lead to infertility & pelvic inflamatory disease (PID)(which is mighty painful). An di worst ting bout it is yuh can have it fi years an nuh know – not even likkle discharge. An dem seh men have no symptoms. Di only time dem know is wen dem ooman find out.

  • Cindy Royal says:

    This is for the ladies especially (or for the men who care about their ladies): Dr. Michael Abrahams @ Ruthven Medical – see him.

    If u r uncomfortable, have bad experiences with past obgyn see Dr. Abrahams. I wont even give out the technique he uses to eliminate all discomfort while performing a pap smear, but yall need to see him. He’s excellent.

  • Uno should put up Mumzell picture wid da topic yah

  • Cindy Royal says:

    Ahmmm, why eyn? Yuh know suppen weh we nuh know? Dash it man – doe be shy 🙂

  • simplicity says:

    anuh she alone eyn but dem need fe cum read it nd wise up

  • $SK$ says:

    wow….. a name call up

  • SWEET says:

    I USED TO WORK IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM AT ST LUKES ROOSEVELT HOSPITAL.. A VERY PRETTY 17 YR OLD GIRL CAME IN FOR ER TREATMENT WITH 3 DIFFERENT SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES. SYPHILLIS, CHLAMIDIA AN TRICH… SHE WAS ALSO 5 MONTHS PREGNANT… 4 DR’S AN A 2 WK HOSPITALIZATION LATER SHE WAS TREATED AN RELEASED… WAKE UP PEOPLE, CONDOMS ARE BEING DISTRIBUTED FREE IN CLINICS SO THERE IS NO EXCUSE… UNNUH TALK TO DEM FIMI DEH!!!!!! P.S IF DEM TINK AIDS A THE END ALL, WAIT SUMMEN MORE DEADLY A WAIT ROUN DI CAWNA…

  • $SK$ says:

    *Cringes*

  • simplicity says:

    preach sweet..ur so rite if dem think aids wicked by now nd 2012 supm deadlier out deh at the rate dese ppl duxking around without caution

  • SWEET says:

    @SIMPLY, MI CANNOT BELIEVE SEH PEOPLE A HAVE UNPROTECTED SEX… WID ALL WHEY OUT A ROAD U GOTTA BE KIDDING.. OBVIOUSLY THESE PEOPLE NO VALUE DEM LIFE…

  • Cindy Royal says:

    But Sweet all di syphilis deh weh yuh jus mention quite bad tuh enuh. If dat shi reach tertiary stage a madness, blindness an all sawt a stress ago tek di smaddy enuh.

  • simplicity says:

    smh wen wil they learn..yeah cindy dats a touchy one too

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