Casual sex consequences are worse than many think. Now more than 110 million American men and women are currently infected with one or more sexually transmitted infections. Annually, new infections are at the highest levels ever: 20 million new cases.
In American dollars it translates to a lifetime treatment cost of $16 billion for 20 million new cases every year. The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention focused on the eight most challenging STDs: Chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B virus (HBV) herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2), HIV, human papillomavrius (HPV), syphilis, and trichomoniasis.
There are no easy STD cures and several are incurable. Not good news for the 15-24 year olds that constitute the largest group getting infected. Some infections are even contracted through skin-to-skin contact, meaning that actual sex isn’t required. More bad news for those erroneously thinking they’re having “safe sex”.
Just as many young men are infected as women, but it’s the women who bear the greater health consequences—such as cervical cancer, pelvic inflammatory disease, and infertility. At a time when young people have reached independence, many of them will face lifelong diseases that make them dependent on drugs and potentially alter their future in ways they never expected when they casually hopped in the sack.
A decade ago, when I first began sharing the STD reality on http://waitformarriage.com the stats were alarming, but lower than today. The upward trend is not our friend. It could very well be our demise. Some will pay attention—and for those who simply don’t care, I sense someday they will. Is this what ancient Rome looked like before its demise?