Our Washington DC is the Most Sexually Transmitted Disease City in the US
June 2, 2010 6 Comments
After all the great things we have been posting about DC, here is a sad one. I hate to be the one posting this. I just hope it creates awareness.
According to Google’s Public Data Explorer, DC is the most Sexually transmitted diseases (STD) in the nation. CDC shows the STD are on the decline, with the exception of Chlamydia (caused by the Chlamydia Trachomatis bacteria), which is on the rise! Regretfully, our beloved Washington, DC is the capital of such bacteria.
Those of you not familiar with Chlamydia, it’s the most frequently reported bacterial sexually transmitted disease in the United States. It is estimated that about 2.3 million individuals in the United States ages 14-39 are infected with it. Between half and three-quarters of all women who have a Chlamydia do not know that they are infected. The scary part of it is that it can linger for months or years before being discovered.
The good news is that it’s not going to die from it, though it could permanently harm reproductive organs. Treatment basically involves taking antibiotics and going on your way. Of course, there is still the little matter that if you live in Washington DC about 1.2% of fellow Washingtonians are walking around ready to give you the disease again!
It doesn’t end there. Washington DC is also the Gonorrhea capital of the US which is another Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI). But more importantly this little sucker is antibiotic resistant! Meaning that it’s not so easily treatable. Here are some facts about it:
- The bacterium can also grow in the mouth, throat, eyes, and anus.
- More than 700,000 persons in the U.S. get new gonorrheal infections each year.
- Gonorrhea can spread to the blood or joints. This condition can be life threatening.
- People with gonorrhea can more easily contract and spread HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
- In women it can lead to internal abscesses (pus-filled “pockets”) and long-lasting, chronic pelvic pain.
Not to mean to make this worse, but Washington, D.C. has the highest Syphilis infection rates too 😦
This article wouldn’t be any fun if the symptoms weren’t getting progressively worse, so keeping with that theme, Syphilis is a nasty, nasty little disease and here’s what you get for playing:
- Over 36,000 people in the US had Syphilis in 2006, and half came from 20 counties and 2 cities.
- Its passed through contact with a syphilis sore on the external genitals, vagina, anus, or inside the rectum. Sores also can occur on the lips and in the mouth. (Nice!)
- Secondary syphilis may appear as rough, red, or reddish brown spots both on the palms of the hands and the bottoms of the feet.
- . The late stages of syphilis can develop 10 – 20 years after infection was first acquired and can damage the internal organs, including the brain, nerves, eyes, heart, blood vessels, liver, bones, and joints.
- Signs and symptoms of the late stage of syphilis include difficulty coordinating muscle movements, paralysis, numbness, gradual blindness, and dementia. This damage may be serious enough to cause death.
So, guys, you know what to do. PLEASE TAKE IT EASY. Practice Safe sex.