Updated: Oct 2, 2020
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released 2018 statistics for Sexually Transmitted Infections in the U.S and their findings are quite alarming. These reports have indicated that the number of Syphilis and Gonorrhea cases are the worst they’ve been since 1991, and the number of Chlamydia cases have increased significantly. Congenital Syphilis, which can potentially be fatal, has also increased by 40% since 2017. Some of the contributing factors are linked to lack of education, lack of healthcare access, social stigma surrounding STIs, and resistance to receiving testing and treatment. Although many of these infections are preventable, comprehensive reproductive health education is the foundation for reducing these numbers nationwide.