Chlamydia Rates Skyrocket in 2012 Among Women

The CDC reports that chlamydia rates have skyrocketed among American women since 2000

Alongside an unprecedented level of access to contraception, the number of American women infected with chlamydia has skyrocketed in the past decade.

Chlamydia Bacteria

Chlamydia Bacteria

Both the number and percentage of women infected have grown in all 50 states and U.S. territories, according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released on Monday.

Cheryl Wetzstein of The Washington Times crunched the numbers and found chlamydia infections increased among American women by 51 percent from 2001 to 2011. In that time, chlamydia surged from 430 cases per 100,000 women to 649 cases. The total number of cases has nearly doubled, from 783,242 cases to more than 1.4 million.

The disease – which is more prevalent among girls in their late teens and African-Americans females – often has no symptoms. However, without treatment it can lead to ectopic pregnancy, early menopause, and permanent infertility.

The states with the highest rates of infection are Alaska, Mississippi, the U.S. territory of the Virgin Islands, Louisiana, and South Carolina.

In some states, the rates more than doubled. In the Virgin Islands, the infection rate rose by more than 500 percent.

Just before Valentine’s Day the CDC reported that there are 110 million cases of sexually transmitted diseases in the United States. The report counted 19.7 million new infections a year, costing $16 billion in medical treatment alone.

The epidemic continues alongside the Obama administration’s heavy promotion of intrauterine devices (IUDs) among sexually active teens. The long-acting contraceptives, which sometimes act as an abortifacient, offer no protection from any sexually transmitted disease.

Last October, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) released a study suggesting American women, especially teenage girls, use long-acting reversible contraception (LARC), such as IUDs. One month later, the CDC published a report noting that IUDs are “effective as sterilization.”

The data did not reveal what forms of birth control those who contracted the infections were using, if any.

The explosion of STDs also occurs a midst an unprecedented ease of access to hardcore pornography. The pornography industry continues to resist efforts to compel companies to use condoms to prevent the spread of diseases.

An estimated 25 percent of all Americans have an STD. The CDC notes that infection rates are highest among men who have sex with other men.

Chlamydia is the second fastest spreading STD, behind Human papillomavirus (HPV), and only the fourth most common.