According to CNN,
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday (September 26th) that new cases of the sexually transmitted diseases chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis are at a record high in the U.S, with more than two million new infections last year. Only those three are required by law to be reported to the CDC by doctors, but when HIV, herpes and other STDs are included, the CDC estimates there are more than 20 million new cases of STDs in the U.S. each year.
At least half of those are in young people ages 15 to 24. David Harvey, the executive director of the National Coalition of STD Directors, told CNN that funding cuts are a big reason that STDs are increasing, as well as other factors, saying.
“Funding cutbacks for prevention, education and healthcare programs, an on-going debate about sex education for young people, with cutbacks in that arena . . . and a rise in social media dating apps have all contributed to the rise.”
Make sure you do what you gotta do to protect yourself.