Diseases once thought to be virtually eliminate or at least under control have reared their ugly heads. Chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis are making a comeback, and you’d better be careful about who you’re giving your goodies to without protection. According to the Center for Disease Control, is blaming the increase in the disease spike to online dating, with the highest increase with men having sex with men. But ask any black woman who has been a victim of a downlow male’s advances, straight women aren’t safe.
BY THE NUMBERS
Estimated total number of STD infections in the U.S.
Chlamydia cases per 100,000 people
Increase in chlamydia cases from 2014 to 2015—an all-time high
Rate increase in gonorrhea
Rate increase in syphilis
Ladies, be careful. Gone untreated these diseases can cause long-term damage like infertility and infant death. While online dating has made it a lot easier to find someone special or just someone to hook up with there’s a shadow side to it all. There are men who make hooking up with as many women online as a game, and men like that aren’t above being sexually reckless.
Bottom line: birth control won’t stop STDs. Condoms, condoms, condoms, ladies.