Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Safe Sex Americans Have Lost Self-Control on Stds

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Safe Sex Americans Have Lost Self-Control on Stds

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Americans live in one of the most sexually adventurous eras in history. No longer constrained by marriage, religion or taboo, many feel free to indulge in whatever pleasures of the flesh feel good. One of the dark sides of this freedom is a jump in cases of sexually transmitted diseases.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported last week that the three most common STDs - chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis - reached all-time highs in 2014.

Last year, for every 100,000 people there were 456 cases of chlamydia, 111 cases of gonorrhea and six cases of primary and secondary syphilis. All three diseases are curable, but they can cause serious damage, particularly to women, the longer they go undetected. Syphilis can cause blindness; chlamydia and gonorrhea can lead to infertility in women. …

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