chancre-oral-1-200There are times when I’m actually grateful for being an old fart.  Not often, but it happens.

One thing for which I’m not grateful is the length of time the Federal Government takes to gather, validate and publish health data.  They’re better than they used to be, but even a 10-month delay in reporting to the public is unacceptable.

The US may not know how to create jobs, but it knows how to spread sexually transmitted disease (the STD of the title of this post).  2015 was the second year in a row for increases in all three major categories of these diseases (Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and Syphilis).  In fact, the 1.5 million new cases of Chlamydia reported to the CDC in 2015 is the highest number of new cases for any disease ever reported in the US.  These diseases also accounted for an estimated $16 billion in healthcare spending in the US.

Almost 2/3 of new Chlamydia cases are among people who are less than 25 years of age.  An estimated 20,000 women each year become sterile from the disease.

STDs are also a problem in the gay community.  There’s an odd pattern of infection linking Syphilis and HIV: have of gay and bisexual men with Syphilis also have HIV.  The pattern is known, the reason for the pattern is speculative.

Very little of this affects us old people for any of a variety of reasons.  For which I’m grateful.


  1. “Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)”, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  2. CDC FACT SHEET, “Reported STDs in the United States,” October 2016.

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