STD’s on the Rise!

According to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis, the most commonly reported STDs, increased between 2014 and 2015, reaching an all time high.  According to the report, syphilis rose by 19 %; gonorrhea by 12.8 % and chlamydia by 5.9%.  Of the more than 1.5 million reported cases of chlamydia, young people 15-24 years old, accounted for nearly two-thirds of the new cases and of the 395,216 new cases of gonorrhea, young people accounted for one half. It is estimated that about half of the nearly 20 million new STD cases reported annually are among 15-24 year olds.  “We have reached a decisive moment for the nation,” Dr. Jonathan Mermin, director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention, said in a written statement, “STD rates are rising, and many of the country’s systems for preventing STD’s have eroded.  We must mobilize, rebuild and expand services-or the human and economic burden will continue to grow.”  Caring Network has been a promoter of abstinence until marriage for young people for many years both in our counseling rooms and DuPage County schools and churches.  As the sexual revolution continues to take its toll on our young people, we will continue to uphold Biblical principles of sexuality to woman and men struggling to make good decisions for their lives.