CDC – 2012 Sexually Transmitted Diseases Surveillance

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on January 14, 2014

2012 Sexually Transmitted Diseases Surveillance

“STDs are hidden epidemics of enormous health and economic consequence in the United States. They are hidden because many Americans are reluctant to address sexual health issues in an open way and because of the biologic and social characteristics of these diseases. All Americans have an interest in STD prevention because all communities are impacted by STDs and all individuals directly or indirectly pay for the costs of these diseases. STDs are public health problems that lack easy solutions because they are rooted in human behavior and fundamental societal problems. Many of the strongest predictors of health, including sexual health, are social, economic, and environmental. Providing information about personal health and health services can empower people to make healthier choices to protect their health. Indeed, there are many obstacles to effective prevention efforts. The first hurdle will be to confront the reluctance of American society to openly confront issues surrounding sexuality and STDs. Despite the barriers, there are existing individual- and community-based interventions that are effective and can be implemented immediately. That is why a multifaceted approach is necessary at both the individual and community levels.”

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