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Only some Americans routinely use condoms

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Sexually transmitted diseases are rampant and yet only some Americans routinely use condoms to help prevent them.

There are deep concerns about the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) across the United States. Although condoms offer a good way to help prevent the spread of STDs many Americans do not routinely use them.

HealthDay has reported that just about 33 percent of Americans use condoms according to a new federal report. Considerations of the use of condoms is an important public health issue.

Report author Casey Copen, who is a statistician at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, says that there are many possible long-term consequences to STDs such as infertility. When they are routinely used condoms can lower the risk of HIV and STDs.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that each year there are about 20 million new cases of STDs which are diagnosed in the United States. Chlamydia, syphilis, human papillomavirus (HPV), gonorrhea, hepatitis and HIV are included among these infections.

On the positive side according to Dr. Dennis Fortenberry, who is a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, condom use has been relatively high among younger, sexually active people. However due to the relatively high frequency of condoms which break or fall off during use there is clearly a need for aggressive public health education and training regarding how to use condoms properly.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the correct use of male condoms and other barriers such as female condoms, every time there is sexual intercourse, can lower, but not eliminate, the risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). This consideration includes human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and viral hepatitis.

Using male and female condoms correctly, every time threre is sexual intercouse, can also help to prevent pregnancy. Condoms offer a significant way to help prevent STDs and unwanted pregnancies and so more Americans and other people worldwide should be encouraged to use them regularly.

Dr Harold Mandel

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