So the US is sort of having a teensy, little… STD crisis. At least, that’s what an annual STD report from The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed. And on top of that, Donald Trump apparently hates condoms.
In 2018, gonorrhoea, chlamydia and syphilis cases in the US reached a record rate of 2.4 million. For the past 5 years, STD rates in the US have been on the incline despite reaching all-time lows only a few years earlier.
Trump, however, has recently withdrawn funding from clinics providing reproductive healthcare under a revised Title X rule. Just a tad concerning, considering CDC officials are saying a necessary fix is to provide federal, state and local sexual health programs, according to Vice.
On top of that, the funding in question has been redirected. Redirected to where you ask? Organisations that do not believe in condoms! Ah yes, the STD rates shall be soothed with this move, for sure. The newly funded centres include Obria Medical Clinics, a series of Christian health centres that advocate for abstinence as the only form of prevention.
The CEO of Obria said to reduce STDs and pregnancies, young people should be taught to “not even go down that path” according to a 2018 statement. Yet the science says that people are still going to have sex, despite such counselling.
To make matters worse, STIs are more common amongst young people and low-socioeconomic populations, the same populations who were overwhelmingly using the healthcare programs that Trump has de-funded, Usha Ranji, an associate director of women’s health policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation told Vice. So where are these individuals going to go now that Donald Trump hates condoms? And if young people do go somewhere for sexual advice, will they simply be sent out of an office with the words “don’t have sex, thanks”?
What many don’t know is that it can be really hard to tell if you even have chlamydia, gonorrhoea or syphilis – the symptoms often go undetected. All of this information does make it seem like Trump is cooking-up a recipe for disaster.