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posted Friday, November 18, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 47
AHF: CDC at fault for skyrocketing STD rates; shift from 'unprotected' to 'condomless' sex to blame
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AHF: CDC at fault for skyrocketing STD rates; shift from 'unprotected' to 'condomless' sex to blame

NPR reports, 'The number of people infected with three major sexually transmitted diseases is at an all-time high, according to a CDC report released Wednesday (October 19, 2016).'

In April, AHF criticized the CDC for requesting far less prevention funding for its 2017 budget and asked CDC to develop a new national STD prevention campaign.


LOS ANGELES (October 21, 2016) - In response to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report released Wednesday (October 19, 2016), 'Reported STDs at Unprecedented High in the U.S.,' AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) today criticized the organization and called out the CDC's own policies - chief among them, the CDC's sanctioning of the widespread abandonment of the condom culture for STD and HIV prevention - as a primary catalyst for skyrocketing STD rates, particularly among young people.

According to an NPR article, 'The number of people infected with three major sexually transmitted diseases is at an all-time high, according to a CDC report released Wednesday.' NPR also noted, '... the increase in reported cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis is hitting teenagers and young adults hardest.'

New York Magazine also reported, '... The majority of cases of gonorrhea and syphilis were among gay and bisexual men. The CDC noted the increases could be due in part to the erosion of STD-prevention systems: More than half of state and local STD programs have experienced budget cuts. But it's also possible that improvements in the treatment and prevention of HIV have led people to believe they don't need condoms.'

'Given the CDC's shift away from promoting condom usage and cuts in STD prevention funding, it is no real surprise that STDs are skyrocketing around the country, particularly among young people and men who have sex with men,' said AHF President Michael Weinstein. 'Sadly, it also appears that individual and organizational complacency has set in regarding condoms, which remain the best way to prevent most STDs. We call for additional urgently needed funding for STD prevention and for the CDC to really step up and develop an innovative, aggressive national STD prevention campaign.'

In April of this year (which was observed as STD Awareness Month) and following announcements from domestic and international health agencies that revealed that rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) had continued to rise annually, particularly among young people and gay men, AHF sharply criticized the CDC for requesting far less prevention funding for its 2017 budget. AHF also asked CDC to develop a new national STD prevention campaign. At the time, AHF noted that syphilis was hitting rates not seen since before the start of the HIV epidemic. In addition, the spread of drug-resistant strains of infections including gonorrhea and syphilis threatens the efficacy of medicines commonly used for treatment.

The CDC requested less overall funding for 2017 for HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and tuberculosis (TB) than it did for 2016. For STIs, the CDC's funding request has remained stagnant, while the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Research funding request is $10 million lower than the previous year. While the CDC did request more funding for 2017 than the agency actually received in 2016, enacted funding has consistently fallen short of requested funding.

AHF: CDC should prioritize condom use, place STDs at forefront of national public health agenda
Regarding the abandonment of the condom culture in the US: advocates from AHF note that in just a one month period between December 2013 and January 2014 - and with little public review - the CDC changed its longstanding prevention wording regarding condom use from using the phrase 'unprotected sex' to describe sex without a condom or some form of barrier protection to now using the phrase 'condomless sex' - a move that may suggest to some that condomless sex is protected. A further indication of the erosion of the condom culture came in February of this year, when the CDC released a plan to prevent 185,000 new HIV infections - and failed to even mention condoms as a potential tool in that effort.

AHF's Wellness Centers provide free testing for sexually transmitted diseases, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV. To find the nearest location for STD screening and treatment, visit http://www.freestdcheck.org. AHF's Seattle Healthcare Center is located at 1016 E Pike St, 2nd Floor. The Center is open Mon, Wed & Fri - 8:30am-5:30pm. To make an appointment, call 206-302-2020.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over 629,000 individuals in 37 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe. To learn more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us on Twitter: @aidshealthcare and Instagram: @aidshealthcare

Courtesy of AIDS Healthcare Foundation

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