We don’t talk much about chlamydia, gonorrhea, or syphilis, in part because it can seem like they’re not big health issues anymore.
And as these diseases spread in particular populations, like men who have sex with men, there’s a greater risk of them moving even further.
“The fear, which I share, is that we won’t contain syphilis among men who have sex with men,” said Matthew Golden, director of the Public Health for the Seattle and King County HIV/STD control program.
“Many people with STDs find them stigmatizing, and they’re embarrassed to talk to their [doctors].
STD clinics provided confidential and timely diagnosis and treatment.” If those clinics continue to be harder to reach or vanish, finding and treating STDs will become even more difficult — and the diseases will continue to spread.
But that’s changing, and with more women getting the disease, their babies are at risk too.
3) With the rise of dating apps, sex is more readily available and more anonymous — and that makes it harder for health investigators to track outbreaks: Dating apps like Tinder and Grindr have made sex more readily available — and have also made the job of public health more difficult to do, said John Auerbach, president and CEO of the public health nonprofit the Trust for America’s Health.
“These advancements in HIV risk prevention may impact risk behaviors,” Bolan said.
HIV and syphilis are interlinked: Some half of men diagnosed with a new syphilis infection also have HIV.
There are 50,000 fewer public health jobs since 2008, and many STD clinics have had to reduce their hours or shut down.