America Mired in 'Severe Epidemic' of Chlamydia, HPV
Top 8 STIs running rampant, CDC finds
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 14, 2013 7:46 AM CST
According to two new reports by the CDC, America is the worst country in the industrialized world for STIs, especially HPV and chlamydia.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Happy Valentine's Day! To celebrate, the CDC got you a romantic little pair of studies that declare America to be in the midst of "an ongoing, severe STI epidemic." With 20 million new infections in 2008 (the most recent year studied in the reports) and 110 million ongoing infections, sexually transmitted infections cost the United States $16 billion in 2008, reports NBC News. Worst hit are people ages 15-24, who are about one-quarter of America's sexually experienced population but account for half of all STIs.

With the highest rate of STIs in the industrialized world, the United States' epidemic is led by HPV, with 14.1 million new infections in 2008 and 79.1 million ongoing. Chlamydia ranked second, with 2.9 million new infections. Sex researchers say the HPV problem is especially troubling considering the virus can trigger cervical, oral, anal, and penile cancers, and cause genital warts. Even though effective vaccines exist for HPV, only 35% of girls and 28% of boys ages 13 to 17 have been fully immunized—Australia's school vaccine program has 72% of girls vaccinated by age 15. "How could we possibly have done this to ourselves?" asks one public health official, saying that because of the lack of a comprehensive vaccine program, "we have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory."

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Feb 17, 2013 8:31 AM CST
It is no wonder that "only" 35% of young women are getting vaccinated with Merck's HPV vaccine. The truth is, the U.S. government (and Canada's and Australia's) are buying hook line and sinker into Merck's wonder marketing. The push has been for pre-teens to get vaccinated. You know, 11-12 year olds...both boys and girls now. However, the vaccine stops providing any protection after five years. In other words, if your kid (whether boy or girl) gets vaccinated with Merck's vaccine when he or she is 11 - 12 years old, the vaccine stops working by the time your teen reaches 16 - 17 years old. [1] It STOPS working right when your child is MOST likely to engage in sexual activity.Someone please tell me where the logic is then, in insisting that pre-teens get vaccinated. Don't take my word for it. There are plenty of well-researched, documented, published studies which show this to be the case. Reference: [1]Tomljenovic L and Shaw CA, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine Policy and Evidence-Based Medicine: Are They at Odds? Annals of Medicine December 22, 2011;
Feb 15, 2013 10:18 PM CST
Feb 15, 2013 10:17 AM CST
Can anyone do a worse report ? What are the percentage of blacks/Hispanic in this report. No one brave enough to take that on. Oh and how about the wookie wingie ones that don't know witch one they are remember they take it in the wrong places as the report reads.