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Increased frequency of sexually transmitted diseases needs to be addressed.

The rise in STD cases in Maryland (“STDs such as syphilis and gonorrhea rising rapidly in Maryland,” Sept. 19) obviously needs to be quickly addressed as it has reached epidemic proportions.

Putting some numbers into the discussion about those who do not practice safe sex: The CDC estimates there are on average 19 million cases of STDs in the United States every year. That is 190 million cases in 10 years and 380 million cases in 20 years showing that either many citizens get more than one STD infection or that almost every citizen has had one STD infection in their life as the U.S. population is about 320 million.

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In most cases, such infections could have been prevented by the proper use of a 50-cent condom. And, of course, those same condoms could have prevented many of the unplanned pregnancies some of which resulted in abortions.

Obviously, Planned Parenthood, parents and educational system have failed miserably on many fronts.

B. H. Meyer, Elkridge

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