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Chlamydia and Syphilis Cases Have Doubled in Miami Recently

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Cases of chlamydia and syphilis have more than doubled in Miami-Dade in recent years, and more than half of those infected last year were between the ages of 18 and 25.

And we wonder what happens when MTV stops airing PSAs reminded kids to wrap it up every commercial break, and starts airing Teen Mom.

According to number obtained by the Miami Herald from the Florida Department of Health, there were just 200 cases per 100,000 people in Miami-Dade back in 2006. Last year that number had doubled to 400 per 100,000 people. In a county with a population of just under 2.6 million people, that's over 10,000 cases.

Syphilis meanwhile has increased from 8.4 cases per 100,000 people in 2006, to 16 cases per 100,000 last year. If left untreated, in some cases syphilis can lead to death and paralysis.

A total of 56 percent of new cases of syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea in the county are diagnosed in those between 18 and 25. Though, the overall rate of STI infection among the group is down 8 percent since 2009. Though, STI infections are up 5 percent in those 25 to 29.

The Department of Health first started noticing the increase of syphilis and chlamydia in Florida back in 2009. At that time, 73 percent of syphilis cases were diagnosed in men who had sex with men, and 71 percent of chlamydia cases were among women.

Experts who talked to the Herald have struggled to get to the root of the problem, with "possibilities ranging from a lack of understanding about the diseases to an increasingly promiscuous culture."

Miami-Dade Public Schools, which has to include some messages about abstinence as per state law, has also been including teaching on safe sex and tries to be inclusive of all sexual ordinations. The system has also helping to develop an app to let people know where they can get tested.

Though we're long past the age of the '90s where pro-condom messages saturated youth entertainment, and celebrities showed up to every event with a red ribbon. Lady Gaga isn't showing up in public dressed in condoms like TLC used to. It's also worth noting, particularly with the rise of syphilis, that it comes at a time that the gay porn industry has mainstreamed movies featuring condom-less sex while up in to a few years ago it was an almost unbreakable taboo.

Experts also wonder about the effects of hook-up apps like Tinder and Grindr that make it easier for people to find no-strings sexual encounters.

Whatever the case, damn it kids, wear a condom.

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Robin Steel
Robin Steel

I blame urban weekend (memorial weekend) \U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602

The Mighty
The Mighty

Whiskey dick stops STD"s so drink at 'The Mighty'!

Stephen Olsen
Stephen Olsen

to quote Seth Green in Can't Hardly Wait, "I better double bag my shit, I don't know where this bitch has been."

Brian Hughes
Brian Hughes

the syphilis rise must account for all the insane murders

Johann Luna
Johann Luna

El Cuco. HAHAHA whoally shit,Yeah...Awesome that you remembered that

El Cuco
El Cuco

Johann Luna remember condom o's lol looks just like it

Max Artaza
Max Artaza

Not a big deal, they are both curable.

jocelyn m
jocelyn m

Molly Polo \U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602 no shit

Shayla Walsh
Shayla Walsh

Ratchel Del Rio this is something to worry about. Good thing we are in committed relationship!

Franz Tarafa
Franz Tarafa

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James Anthony
James Anthony

Daniella Damiani, you sure rampant hedonism is okay?

Frank Cassell
Frank Cassell

just a little Chlamydia and Syphilis Sue Rathburn.........lmao

Sue Rathburn
Sue Rathburn

Hey Frank what is going on down there....no pun intended....LOL

Charles M. LaBow
Charles M. LaBow

I think the author needs a briefing in human physiology. The wording of the sentence "If left untreated, in some cases syphilis can lead to death and paralysis" needs to be "rethought." I'm pretty certain from a medical perspective, and I'm not a doctor, any disease causing death first will result in paralysis shortly thereafter.

Andy Garcia
Andy Garcia

My friend just posted this and I commented with: "So that's what that rash is"

Ben Bowen
Ben Bowen

James Johnson Andres Rodriguez be glad youre married guys. Haha

DjCarlos Rojas
DjCarlos Rojas

Maybe cause the Russian population is increasing?

Matt Reisman
Matt Reisman

Without dick you wouldn't be here Maribel

Familia Ramirez
Familia Ramirez

Regulate prostitution. Have them get checked out by a physician. That's how they do it in Europe. Sex is a natural part of life. Some people have no choice but to pay for it. Let's look for realistic solutions.

Matt Reisman
Matt Reisman

Watch out fellas that ish be bitin. You def don't want drippy drawers.

Mario Diaz
Mario Diaz

Lmao, some fools are getting put on blast haha Wrap it up son!!

Ryan Newell
Ryan Newell

First I show up and then Lebron leaves, then STD's go through the roof. Lo siento, Miami.

Chris Schaaff
Chris Schaaff

Keep banging these South Florida sloots raw. Sloots gonna sloot...

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