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    ATLANTA - More than 1 million cases of chlamydia were reported in the United States last year — the most ever reported for a sexually transmitted disease, federal health officials said Tuesday. "A new U.S. record," said Dr. John M. Douglas Jr. of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    More bad news: Gonorrhea rates are jumping again after hitting a record low, and an increasing number of cases are caused by a "superbug" version resistant to common antibiotics, federal officials said Tuesday.

    Syphilis is rising, too. The rate of congenital syphilis — which can deform or kill babies — rose for the first time in 15 years.

    "Hopefully we will not see this turn into a trend," said Dr. Khalil Ghanem, an infectious diseases specialist at Johns Hopkins University's School of medicine.

    The CDC releases a report each year on chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis, three diseases caused by sexually transmitted bacteria.

    Chlamydia is the most common. Nearly 1,031,000 cases were reported last year, up from 976,000 the year before.

    The count broke the single-year record for reported cases of a sexually transmitted disease, which was 1,013,436 cases of gonorrhea, set in 1978.

    Putting those numbers into rates, there were about 348 cases of chlamydia per 100,000 people in 2006, up 5.6 percent from the 329 per 100,000 rate in 2005.

    CDC officials say the chlamydia record may not be all bad news: They think the higher number is largely a result of better and more intensive screening.

    Since 1993, the CDC has recommended annual screening in sexually active women ages 15 to 25. Meanwhile, urine and swab tests for the bacteria are getting better and are used more often, for men as well as women, said Douglas, director of the CDC's Division of Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention.

    About three-quarters of women infected with chlamydia have no symptoms. Left untreated, the infection can spread and ultimately can lead to infertility. It's easily treated if caught early.

    Health officials believe as many as 2.8 million new cases may actually be occurring each year, he added.

    Chlamydia infection rates are more than seven times higher in black women then whites, and more than twice as high in black women than Hispanics. But it's a risk women of all races should consider, CDC officials said.

    "If (health care) providers think young women in their practice don't have chlamydia, they should think again," said Dr. Stuart Berman, a CDC epidemiologist.

    The gonorrhea story is somewhat different.

    In 2004, the nation's gonorrhea rate fell to 112.4 cases per 100,000 people in 2004, the lowest level since the government started tracking cases in 1941.

    But since then, health officials have seen two consecutive years of increases. The 2006 rate — about 121 per 100,000 — represents a 5.5 percent increase from 2005.

    Health officials don't know exactly how many superbug cases there were among the more than 358,000 gonorrhea cases reported in 2006. But a surveillance project of 28 cities found that 14 percent were resistant to ciprofloxacin and other medicines in the fluoroquinolones class of antibiotics.

    Similar samples found that 9 percent were resistant to those antibiotics in 2005, and 7 percent were resistant in 2004. The appearance of the superbug has been previously reported, and the CDC is April advised doctors to stop using those drugs against gonorrhea.

    Douglas said it doesn't look like the superbugs are the reason for gonorrhea's escalating numbers overall, but they're not sure what is driving the increase.

    Other doctors are worried. The superbug gonorrhea has been on the rise not only in California and Hawaii, where the problem has been most noticeable, but also in the South and parts of the Midwest.

    "Suddenly we're starting to see the spread," Ghanem said.

    Syphilis, a potentially deadly disease that first shows up as genital sores, has become relatively rare in the United States. About 9,800 cases of the most contagious forms or syphilis were reported in 2006, up from about 8,700 in 2005.

    The rate rose from 2.9 cases per 100,000 people to 3.3, a 14 percent increase.

    For congenital syphilis, in which babies get syphilis from their mothers, the rate rose only slightly from the previous year to 8.5 cases per 100,000 live births.
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    Originally posted by Katydid

    Because I realize you all (the Roth Army) are a bunch of twisted, demented, beastility, porn loving, drug addicts and alcoholics and psycopaths. I guess Devil worshippers more aptly describe you.

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    Originally posted by Katydid

    Because I realize you all (the Roth Army) are a bunch of twisted, demented, beastility, porn loving, drug addicts and alcoholics and psycopaths. I guess Devil worshippers more aptly describe you.

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    Woohooo!! Do we get a gold medal or something?

    Maybe a nice rubber would substitute
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    By the way, you can thank St. Louis for this title. We have the highest rates of ghonarrea and clamytia in the country. We also had the highest murder rate. So if we aren't getting killed, we're getting the clap.

    I think they should hand bullett proof vests and condoms on the street corners.

    The funny thing is, I think St. Louis is a great city and I have never known anyone that was affected by violent crime or STDs. Weird.
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    yet another example of an area in which the United States attempts are completely misguided and ineffective. Just like the drug war and attempts to curb drinking and smoking don't work, neither does our puritan approach to sex. If folks would grow up and understand that it isn't wrong to actually talk about sex, for kids to really understand how to safe sex, this wouldn't be the case but no way....god forbid we even see a nipple on TV. You know I was watching the discovery channel the other, it was a show about breast cancer and they showed a woman's boob on it...but blurred the nipple. Jesus christ that' so stupid!!! Other countries that have a way more "open" approach to nudity and sexuality have a much lower incidence level of STDs and unwanted pregancie...just like countries with more logical approaches to alcohol and drugs have much lower incidence of drinking and driving, drug related crime, overdoses and addiction.

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    Hate to burst the bubble here, but I think the disease rates are in the city---and believe me---they know much more about sex and approach it much more cavalierly than those who attend "puritan" schools that do not hand out condoms. The rate is especially high in lower class areas, which incidentally have the highest drop out rates.

    The point is, the ones that actually stay in school long enough to listen to whatever sex education they already have are not nearly as affected as those who drop out and come from a background that some might call morally questionable. My fiance works in the city teaching Kindergarten, and she has parents of students who are in jail, prostitutes, and drug addicts (in some cases all the above). THESE are the people sending the rate higher, not suburban kids foolin' around after school. Yes there are cases there, but the majority of cases are still inner city lower income people who have probably never been exposed to what you or I might consider "sex education."

    The "puritan" approach to sex education has worked in the past, so I'm not sure why it would need changed now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bsbll4 View Post
    Hate to burst the bubble here, but I think the disease rates are in the city---and believe me---they know much more about sex and approach it much more cavalierly than those who attend "puritan" schools that do not hand out condoms. The rate is especially high in lower class areas, which incidentally have the highest drop out rates.

    The point is, the ones that actually stay in school long enough to listen to whatever sex education they already have are not nearly as affected as those who drop out and come from a background that some might call morally questionable. My fiance works in the city teaching Kindergarten, and she has parents of students who are in jail, prostitutes, and drug addicts (in some cases all the above). THESE are the people sending the rate higher, not suburban kids foolin' around after school. Yes there are cases there, but the majority of cases are still inner city lower income people who have probably never been exposed to what you or I might consider "sex education."

    The "puritan" approach to sex education has worked in the past, so I'm not sure why it would need changed now.
    you're certainly right as far as the "inner city" pushing these stats...between them and the hillbilly trash in the outskirts of cities, the country as a whole has a huge problem and not just as far as STDs go...but with intellect, crime, irresponsible drug abuse, uncontrolled and irresponsible procreation, and the expense these things create when it comes to welfare and medical care. Not to derail the thread, but I'm constantly amazed at how much grief illegal immmigrants get for "ruining" the culture and social structures in the United States when there are citizens whose families have been here for generations that have been doing a fine job all by themselves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bsbll4 View Post
    Hate to burst the bubble here, but I think the disease rates are in the city---and believe me---they know much more about sex and approach it much more cavalierly than those who attend "puritan" schools that do not hand out condoms. The rate is especially high in lower class areas, which incidentally have the highest drop out rates.

    The point is, the ones that actually stay in school long enough to listen to whatever sex education they already have are not nearly as affected as those who drop out and come from a background that some might call morally questionable. My fiance works in the city teaching Kindergarten, and she has parents of students who are in jail, prostitutes, and drug addicts (in some cases all the above). THESE are the people sending the rate higher, not suburban kids foolin' around after school. Yes there are cases there, but the majority of cases are still inner city lower income people who have probably never been exposed to what you or I might consider "sex education."

    The "puritan" approach to sex education has worked in the past, so I'm not sure why it would need changed now.

    i'm not just talking about "sex ed" in school or passing out condoms or any of the other "programs" you hear idiot liberal talking heads going on about, I'm talking about changing the way our culture approaches the simple topic of sex....which is an impossibility obviously. Sex shouldn't be a four-letter word. It shouldn't have all these taboos attached to it. It is as natural a part of human existence as anything else. But, just as people do with drinking and drugs, sex is turned into this horrific activity that will lead to the downfall of western civilization. No one wants anyone to talk about it. Parents get pissed if it's talked about in school or they see it on tv but they won't hear that kind of talk in their homes either. So, kids are left to their own accord. Sex ed in school is worthless because of the way sex is thought about it in the larger community. When the topic comes up, it's all giggles and double ententres and the kids don't really absorb what they need to. Pile this problem onto the sheer ignorance and irresponsibility that prevails in the "inner city" and among the hillbilly trash and you have a simple yet very effective recipe for STDS.

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    Sex is three letters

    In all seriousness, though, I get what you mean now. That being said, I'm not sure how you change culture. Kids know way more about sex at their age than past generations, so awareness isn't the problem. I think more parents take a more liberal approach to talking about it as well. If anything, society has gotten more open to talking about sex. "Sex and the City" would not have aired in the 70's. Clearly the topic is discussed more in open public. Hell, Oprah had a show about the best positions (don't ask me how I know that )

    I'm not sure what the answer is lower the rate. Clearly the conservative approach is somewhat pointless in this day and age because sex is everywhere. Also, the liberal approach seems equally ineffective at stopping the rising rates.

    I guess this is nature's way of telling us all to keep it in our pants
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    Quote Originally Posted by bsbll4 View Post
    Hate to burst the bubble here, but I think the disease rates are in the city---and believe me---they know much more about sex and approach it much more cavalierly than those who attend "puritan" schools that do not hand out condoms. The rate is especially high in lower class areas, which incidentally have the highest drop out rates.

    The point is, the ones that actually stay in school long enough to listen to whatever sex education they already have are not nearly as affected as those who drop out and come from a background that some might call morally questionable. My fiance works in the city teaching Kindergarten, and she has parents of students who are in jail, prostitutes, and drug addicts (in some cases all the above). THESE are the people sending the rate higher, not suburban kids foolin' around after school. Yes there are cases there, but the majority of cases are still inner city lower income people who have probably never been exposed to what you or I might consider "sex education."

    The "puritan" approach to sex education has worked in the past, so I'm not sure why it would need changed now.

    Of course, inner-city schools receive the fraction of the budget than do suburban schools, and districts with an emphasis on "abstinence" only often have high rates of sexual diseases connected to oral and anal sex...


    And the "puritan" approach to sex ed has never worked, that much is statistically borne out.
    Originally posted by Katydid

    Because I realize you all (the Roth Army) are a bunch of twisted, demented, beastility, porn loving, drug addicts and alcoholics and psycopaths. I guess Devil worshippers more aptly describe you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsbll4 View Post
    Sex is three letters

    In all seriousness, though, I get what you mean now. That being said, I'm not sure how you change culture.


    I guess this is nature's way of telling us all to keep it in our pants

    i don't think you can teach an old culture new tricks so to speak. I think the US has become everything it's going to ever be and if anything, this STD stat is just another hint that, like every other culture and society that has had a turn at the top, the US too, has begun its decent. It's one of nature's signs that the party is coming to an end. Will it all come crashing down tomorrow? No. Is it all GW's fault? Hardly. But is it an inevitability? Of course it is. All things, from the microorganism to the universe, have a beginning and an end.

    of course I could just be feeling really cynical because I'm sick as crap with a horrific case of sinusitis and bronchitis and I'm really pissed off about it. I hate getting sick...

 

 

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