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The Sexually Transmitted Disease Epidemic Sexually transmitted diseases are running rampant through out the world today This global epidemic is effecting the worlds total health level and is severely straining the world health care system The diseases gonorrhea syphilis herpes simplex genital warts chlamydia and chancroid effect all cultures and are transferred very easily This paper will outline the causes of each disease cures for each disease preventative measures that can be taken to protect ones self against the diseases statistics for each disease the symptomssigns and side effects for the diseases The annual cost of treating tracking reporting STDs in the US exceeds 35 billion dollars 95 of all of the STD expenditures in California and New York go for HIVAIDS 13 billion dollars are spent each year on AIDS research and less than 10 of this goes for STD control programs In 1997 half of the 12000000 infectious diseases contracted in the United States were cases of gonorrhea Together gonorrhea syphilis and AIDS accounted for two thirds of all reportable infectious diseases in the United States In 1997 the reported cases of each disease were Gonorrhea 1100000 Syphilis 120000 Congenital syphilis 3500 Chlamydia 4000000 HPV genital warts 500000 - 1000000 Genital herpes 200000 - 500000 Trichomoniasis crabs 3000000 Unfortunetly females are at the highest risk and have the highest rates of STDs as compared to males Varying research reporting clinical detection of agents causing STDs state that women have these percentages of the reported cases of STDs Chlamydia 56 Gonnorhoea 68 Trichomonas 58 Herpes simplex 69 Syphilis 68 HPV 53 A large reason STDs rates in women have gone up in the last century is do to the fact that the age of menarche has decreased over the past one hundred years women in the 1800s experienced menarche at somewhere between 15 and 18 years They married at 17 or 18 years and had a relativly short sexually mature
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