STD Rates on the Rise in 3 Besafemeds States
By now, you probably know that STD rates are on the rise. While the subject is material for late night television shows and has been featured in a teen movie or two, it’s actually a serious issue.
The CDC recently released a new Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report, and the findings may (or may not) surprise you. The report revealed that STDs are on the rise in the United States. Rankings in all 50 states have gone up, and in some states it’s at an alarming rate.
The Report focuses on chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis – the only 3 STDs that doctors are required by law to report. The troubling truth is that the U.S. has seen an increase in all 3 of these STDs since 2015. The rates of chlamydia increased by 4.7 percent, whereas the rates of gonorrhea and syphilis have jumped up by a staggering 18 percent. The worst part? These numbers are only expected to go up. So, why exactly are STD rates at an all time high?
Why are STDs on the Rise?
Several factors contribute to the STD epidemic, including a lack of healthcare and funding, lack of sex education, and a rise in the popularity of dating apps.
Lack of healthcare/funding: Funding cutbacks and a decrease in health care benefits and resources committed to STD prevention highly contribute to the rise in STDs that we’re seeing. Many clinics offering STD screening and treatment have even been closed down due to lack of funding at both the state and local level.
Lack of sex education: It is estimated that the average high school health class doesn’t spend any more than 4 hours discussing sexually transmitted infections (STIs). In many schools, parents are even allowed to excuse their children from this specific coursework. This, in turn, leads to a lack of a thorough sex education and prevents youth from learning the importance of protection during sexual activities. Sadly, even some health practitioners also fail to educate their patients on what to look out for and what they should expect during an STD Check.
Rise in dating apps: With the rise of popular new hookup apps like Tinder and Grindr, finding casual sex partners is easier than ever before. However, this rise in dating apps has come with a cost – rising STD rates. According to a study by the Los Angeles LGBT Center, men who used social apps had 25 percent greater odds of being infected with gonorrhea.
The 3 Besafemeds States with the Highest Rates of STDs
Besafemeds currently operates in Illinois, Indiana, Florida, Missouri, and New Mexico. Three of the five states that we operate in, New Mexico, Illinois, and Missouri, have experienced an especially high surge in STD rates. In fact, all three are among the top 15 states with the highest STD rates.
New Mexico: New Mexico ranks as the 5th most sexually diseased state in the nation and received a weighted disease score of 398.6 (compared to the lowest: 145.0 for Vermont). The chlamydia infection rate in New Mexico has risen to 628 incidents per 100,000 people.
Illinois: Illinois ranks 12th on the CDC’s sexually transmitted disease surveillance report. With the chlamydia rate being 561 incidents per 100,000 residents and the gonorrhea rate being 164 incidents per 100,000 residents.
Missouri: Ranking 15th among the 50 states, Missouri has experienced a significant rise in sexually transmitted diseases. In 2015, St. Louis, Missouri actually had the highest STD rates in the entire country. Since 2016, the cases of gonorrhea per 100,000 people have increased by 50 cases.
Luckily, the STDs we are experiencing in high numbers are bacterial infections. Meaning, they are generally easy to treat with antibiotics. The bad news is, if we fail to improve our efforts towards STD prevention, we will continue to see a rise in STDs.
If you live in any of these states and suspect you may have an STD, take charge and contact besafemeds today! We provide a safe and comfortable journey that allows you to get the online STD treatment you need as quickly and as privately as possible.‹ Back to Blog