A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows mixed results in the fight against Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
According to a report released Monday, Chlamydia and Syphilis infections continue to increase. Every year there are approximately 19 million new STD cases reported, and this year Chlamydia infections hit an all time high with nearly 1.2 million cases. Syphilis infections also increased slightly to nearly 14,000 cases a year. Both diseases are easily treatable if caught early, and some health officials attribute the increased numbers to better screening practices.
The rates of STD infection across race, however, are particularly troubling. The numbers from the CDC report indicated Blacks and Latinos are at an increased risk of contracting an STD.
“In 2009, about 48% of all reported Chlamydia cases occurred among blacks Overall, the rate of Chlamydia among blacks in the United States was more than eight times that among whites. The rate of Chlamydia among black women was nearly eight times higher than the rate among white women. The Chlamydia rate among black men was almost 12 times as high as the rate among white men.”
“In 2009, about 71% of all reported cases of gonorrhea occurred among blacks
As in 2008, the disparity in gonorrhea rates for blacks in 2009 was larger in the Midwest and Northeast than in the South or the West.
Considering all racial, ethnic, and age categories, gonorrhea rates were highest for blacks aged 15–19 and 20–24 years in 2009. Black women aged 15–19 years had a gonorrhea rate of 2,613.8 cases per 100,000 women. This rate was 16.7 times higher than the rate among white women in the same age group.
Black men aged 15–19 years had a gonorrhea rate of 1,316.4 cases per 100,000 men, which was 38.3 times higher than the rate among white men in the same age group. Among men and women aged 20–24 years, the gonorrhea rate among 17.8 times higher than the rate among whites.”
The news wasn’t all-bad, however. The CDC report also hinted at some good news. Gonorrhea infections dropped to nearly 301, 000 cases, the lowest number of cases since reporting began in 1941.
While the numbers are alarming, the CDC continues to reiterate that the increased numbers could be due to early diagnosis and improved screening practices. But using condoms and scheduling regular doctor’s appointments will also help to keep you safe.
Clutchettes and Gents, take a cue from our brothers and sisters in the 80s, “No Glove, No Love.” Always practice safe sex!