Why now? Not only has STDs been an issue for decades but it has increased rapidly, we need to be aware of why is it happening and what we can do to prevent it. It is important because we cannot ignore the issue as if it was on the other side of the world and we cannot just brush it off or think it can not affect. It is happening here at Monterey County and we need to find out why it is increasing so fast. Are we not educating the residents enough or not at all? Are we providing and encouraging residents to test for gonorrhea and syphilis? Who is it affecting? Since when has it been increasing? And if there is no change what are we doing to prevent it?
At this point all residents should take into consideration of why STDs have increased because it is going to affect all residents not just certain individuals. Monterey County Health department declared a warning of the spike with gonorrhea and syphilis. The Monterey weekly news reported that, “The U.S. Centers for Disease Control, shows a 123- percent increase in gonorrhea cases and a 56 percent increase in syphilis in 2012. Nationally, the gonorrhea infection rate increased by 4.1 percent over the same time period.” When I read this I was amazed and confused… the questions that came to my head was, what is going on? Why did we let this increase? What are we doing wrong? I could not believe it but I know it is true and this is one of the reasons why I would like to further my research on this topic with hopefully some solutions.