Southeastern U.S. Crawling with Chlamydia and Gonorrhea with Highest STD Rates

Someone might want to go check on the southeastern United States, they’re not doing so hot lately. The Top Masters in Health Care recently released an interactive infographic detailing various health statistics and ranking them on a state-by-state basis, and the Bible Belt is trending in an unholy way. Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana have the most obese populations, the highest amount of cancer deaths, and the fewest teeth. Along with South Carolina, those states also have the most cases of Gonorrhea and Chlamydia. In the southeast, the gonorrhea rate per 100,000 people is over 100, and the chlamydia rate per 100,000 people is 400 plus.

Translation: the STD numbers in the respective states are high enough to be classified as epidemic.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there are 820,000 new cases of gonorrhea—a curable STD—per year in America. Chlamydia is also a curable STD that infects an estimated one million Americans, according to the CDC. Poverty helped explain the obesity, cancer deaths, and lack of teeth in the South, and I’m sure that has some bearing on the STD numbers, but there might be a bigger factor at play for this category: amorous college students. Read the rest of this entry »

Common Condom Myths: What You Really Need to Know

several condoms in packages without brandIn light of the fact that April is STD Awareness Month, we’re taking a look at what students really need to know about staying protected against STDs. According to the CDC, half of new STD infections occur among high school and college-age people, and the age group between 15 and 24 accounts for 25 percent of the sexually active population in the U.S.

Many colleges encourage students to use condoms and get tested regularly, yet these efforts often do not provide students with all the information they need to stay protected against STDs. Although many college students are savvy about avoiding unwanted pregnancies, staying safe against diseases like HPV, gonorrhea and chlamydia is too often a secondary concern.

It all comes down to condoms, which are the only effective means of preventing sexually transmitted diseases from spreading for sexually active people. Most colleges and universities provide students with free condoms, yet students do not always ch0ose to use them. We take a look at common condom myths, and some expert rebuttals.

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You no longer have to leave your dorm to find casual sex. Say “goodbye” to frat parties and “2-4-1” specials because it is only a click away., previously UChicago Hookups, is a site that helps find college students random sexual encounters, offering a no-strings-attached arrangement. Students can sort through possible partners with “platonic”, “casual” and “serious” categories.

A student at the University of Chicago created the site for just his fellow peers, but early this week, it expanded to other students at Columbia College and Northwestern University. Next week, Brown University students will also be able to use the site. To register, these students need only a university email address.

With already 800 users, the creator said that roughly 2,000 private messages have been sent.

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Practicing Safe Sex on College Campuses

Books, beer and sex. Those are three near givens on any college campus. But what most college students don’t realize is that when it comes to beer and sex, there is a lot more at risk than just a hangover and a broken heart. College students are one of the most at-risk groups for sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs).condom

But before panic sets in, here is what you need to know about protecting yourself, increasing your sex-ed knowledge, and lowering your risk for becoming just another statistic.

Risk Factors

There are two primary risk factors for STDs among students:

First, college students enjoy a remarkably easy access to alcohol, which significantly impairs judgment and in many cases, leads to sex.

Second, the lack of  practicing risk-reduction behaviors like safe-sex or getting tested regularly also amps up risk. This second risk factor can be intimately related to alcohol as the effects of booze contributes to whether or not someone is coherent enough to put on a condom or inquire about their partner’s sexual health. Read the rest of this entry »


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