Sex Infections

December 29, 2009 No Comments

Since we ran two articles that promote having sex, we thought we would run the following information.

#1. A report from NCPA

SEX INFECTIONS STILL GROWING IN UNITED STATES

The United States has among the highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) of any developed country in the world, says John Douglas, director of the division of sexually transmitted diseases at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis show the three highly treatable infections continue to spread in the United States.  Chlamydia and gonorrhea are stable at unacceptably high levels and syphilis is resurgent after almost being eliminated, say the researchers.

Other findings:

  • 1.2 million cases of chlamydia were reported in 2008, up from 1.1 million in 2007.
  • Nearly 337,000 cases of gonorrhea were reported.
  • Adolescent girls 15 to 19 years had the most chlamydia and gonorrhea cases of any age group at 409,531.

Also:

  • Blacks, who represent 12 percent of the U.S. population, accounted for about 71 percent of reported gonorrhea cases and almost half of all chlamydia and syphilis cases in 2008.
  • Black women 15 to 19 had the highest rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea.
  • 13,500 syphilis cases were reported in 2008, an almost 18 percent increase from 2007.
  • 63 percent of syphilis cases were among men who have sex with men.
  • Syphilis rates among women increased 36 percent from 2007 to 2008.

Overall, the CDC estimates that 19 million new sexually transmitted infections occur each year, almost half among 15- to 24-year-olds.

Source: Maggie Fox, “Sex infections still growing in U.S., says CDC,” Reuters, November 16, 2009.

For text:

http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSTRE5AF14A20091116

For more on Health Issues:

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_Category=16

#2. Gardasil and Sexually transmitted diseases

Gardasil, the vaccine given to girls to prevent  sexually transmitted diseases that can cause cervical cancer, is continually being questioned on its safety and efficacy.

Attendees of the Population Research Institute an international conference on vaccination recently listened to a presentation on Gardasil by an expert. One of the PRI representatives, Joan Robinson, noted the vaccine is designed for 9- to 13-year-old girls. She examined the research, and found that little to no impact would be made on cervical cancer rates. She stated “In 60 years of vaccination of at least 70 percent of the female population, [coupled] with all of those women also getting annual pap smears and monitoring as well as booster shots,” Robinson explains, “they will only have reduced, at the most, a minimal decrease of cervical cancer.”

Besides pondering the usefulness of Gardasil, questions have been asked concerning its safety. In fact, 44 girls died after getting Gardasil shots while 15,000 reported adverse side effects — and that figure could actually be higher because some countries do not gather or report the statistics. Now Merck, which manufactures Gardasil, is proposing to give the vaccinations to boys. Robinson said , “It’s an interesting thing…since HPV is transmitted through the male carrier to a woman…I was actually curious why they didn’t start with the vaccination for boys.”

We say before vaccinating your children to be aware of the research and possible difficulties with Gardasil.

#3. 12 year old’s getting abortions without parental notification?

12-year-old girls can be prohibited from bringing aspirin to California public schools without a note from her parent or guardian – but in many California districts she may sign herself out of classes, leave her junior-high campus without parental permission, secretly have an abortion and return to school before the end of the day.

Parents and educators across California have been heatedly debating school policies which allow children to be excused during class time without parental notification for “confidential medical services” such as abortions, birth control, and drug and mental health services.

California’s San Juan Unified School District sought to change its own policy from one that prohibits students from being absent without parental knowledge except during medical emergencies to guidelines that would allow a student to leave for a “confidential medical appointment.”

San Juan Unified School District proposed policy change

After debate and input from the public, the San Juan Unified School District voted 3 to 2 against the policy change. They were debating to change the current policy to reflect school administrators’ interpretation of California Education Code 4601.1, :Commencing in the fall of the 1986-87 academic year, the governing board of each school district shall, each academic year, notify pupils in grades 7 to 12, inclusive, and the parents or guardians of all pupils enrolled in the districts, that school authorities may  (not must) excuse any pupil from the school for the purpose of obtaining confidential medical services without the consent of the pupil’s parent or guardian.

To read an article with opinions go to WND.

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