The BAD NEWS: The National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (taken every other year) indicates that in STD increases in 2017 were the FOURTH consecutive year for record-setting cases of Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Syphilis reported to the CDC in 2017. Nearly 2.3 million, surpassing the previous record set in 2016 by more than 200,000 cases. This is linked to more bad news, the number of sexually active students using condoms has decreased, again.
Of sexually active students, only 53.8% used a condom during last sex. This represents a major failure since the primary strategy promoted by the CDC, educators and clinicians to avoid infection is the use of condoms. There are more messages than ever about using “protection,” but not only do teens fail to use them, the condoms fail to do the protecting those educators expect. The truth is they provide little or no help for the STDs that have the steep and sustained increases (Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and Syphilis) reported in the YBRS.
Even the CDC’s message is “The correct use of condoms helps to prevent the transmission of HIV and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and 15-24 year-olds account for half of all new STD infections in the U.S.” (emphasis mine.)
Helps to prevent?! How much help? They provide little to no help against STDs passed by contact with infected skin (those STDs do not have to be reported to the CDC annually.)
Let’s be real, the increase in the number of STDs is directly related to the predominant sex education strategy of risk REDUCTION instead of risk ELIMINATION.
Please remind your children, the only 100% effective strategy is to AVOID having sex with uninfected partners or have sex only with a faithful uninfected partner. That means, the best protection is MAKE SMART CHOICES!