stds2.jpgYou knew I’d get to this. From the Associated Press, November 13:

More than 1 million cases of chlamydia were reported in the United States last year – the most ever reported for a sexually transmitted disease, federal health officials said Tuesday.
“A new U.S. record,” said Dr. John M. Douglas Jr. of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
More bad news: Gonorrhea rates are jumping again after hitting a record low, and an increasing number of cases are caused by a “superbug” version resistant to common antibiotics, federal officials said Tuesday.
Syphilis is rising, too. The rate of congenital syphilis – which can deform or kill babies – rose for the first time in 15 years….

Social conservatives attribute the STD epidemic to the sexual revolution, the launch of which can be fairly traced back to free access to The Pill beginning in 1965 with Planned Parenthood’s Griswold vs. Connecticut Supreme Court victory. We say comprehensive sex ed contributes mightily to the problem by teaching kids how to have promiscuous sex.
But I wondered how liberals would handle this article and so checked out the blogs. Alongside making fun of the article and blaming “abstinence teaching,” “Xtians,” “Dumbya,” and “backwards thinking,” yadda yadda, came interesting thoughts, I remind you, from liberals. These comments come from the Dvorak Uncensored blog re: the aforelinked article:
By Libertican:

Without defending christians, is this the only correlation that you guys can come up with? STD’s are up, blame the uber-political ‘sex is naughty’ crowd. I may be wrong, but I don’t think STD increases can be blamed on the promiscuous bible thumper’s daughter. Condoms are falling from the sky in most urban centers and how to wrap a cucumber instructions were pre-internet memes. Do the numbers correlate with the increase of online porn and the condomless co-stars? Do the numbers correlate with increased immigration? Do the numbers correlate with other non-buzzword viruses?

By Awake:

STD’s are spreading because we have made them stronger.


Most STD’s are bacterial, and respond to antibiotics. But the overuse of antibiotics has hardened the STDs, making them more likely to persist even if they are treated. Since STD are generally an invisible disease, and highly contagious, either they do not get treated or they don’t clear up all the way anymore.
And lack of fear is a big factor also. We were terrified of catching this kind of disease when we were young, but now everyone just assumes that if they do catch something, they can get it treated. So they don’t take precautions, they catch it, don’t know they have it, and eventually pass it on. Women on the pill have little incentive to use condoms. Men are just too horny to care at the critical time, and they know that birth control is the woman’s job, be it through ovulation control, day after pills or abortion.
So in summary, increased drug resistance combined with lack of fear leads to an epidemic.

By KevinL:

Come on John, you posted this, at least read the link. The big increase was in syphillis from gayboy sex, others declined or were statisistically negligable. My brother is a health teacher in a junior high and even he thinks the sex ed program is out of wack. He’s not allowed to deviate from the script and it is heavily slanted to the “here’s how to put on a condom when you have sex cause we know you’s gonna do it and soon… and here’s why anal sex it a-okay”. The fact the sex ed programs are heavily financed by planned parenthood doesn’t scare you? They have quite a vested interest to unwanted pregnancies and know the odds of any punk kids getting the condom on right. They just play the odds and it’s a win-win. Just remember, if you are not having sex, it’s very difficult to get an STD. At least acknowledge that instead of pretending all kids have sex all the time. Some don’t becasue they actually don’t want to risk getting an STD or getting pregnant. imagine that, kids who actually can think?…
If you link back to the 2006 STD trend report, the only increase is in Syphilis in men who have sex with other men. Others continued to decline or had small increases in minority groups. The trends are not keyed to specific ages either so this story is meaningless since it has nothing to do with sex-ed in public schools. Another dumb posting…

By Phillep:

[A]ny bets the increases are among the protected minorities, and not the Jesus Freaks?

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