Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Rise in STDs is alarming

Rise in STDs is alarming

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...

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