There is an epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases in the United States, and it is getting worse by the year.
In 2011, Concerned Women for America (CWA) released a report, “Sexually Transmitted Diseases: The Cost of Free Love,” which identified 49 sexually transmitted diseases (STD), and included 2008 estimates from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that there are 19 million new STD cases each year, and more than 65 million Americans are living with an incurable STD.
So, two years later, has the situation improved? According to a February 2013 CDC report fact sheet, the answer is “no”; not only is there no improvement, the situation is even worse.
According to the 2013 CDC report, there are an estimated nearly 20 million new STD cases in the U.S. each year and a prevalence estimate of 110 million new and existing STD cases in the U.S. The CDC analysis only covers eight STDs: chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B virus (HBV), herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), human papillomavirus (HPV), syphilis, and trichomoniasis. Imagine how high the number might be if they counted cases for the 41 other STDs.
Even the CDC fact sheet admits their estimates may be low. “CDC used conservative assumptions in generating its estimates, so the true numbers of STIs [sexually transmitted infections] in the United States may be even higher than estimated.”