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A Way To Fight Higher Healthcare Costs

By Andrew M. Gibson

After pouring through thousands of pages of healthcare reform, I was certain that I would, in the end, stumble upon a topic that so desperately needed attention. With nineteen million new cases of STD infections each year in the U.S., I was certain that there would be an entire section, or at least a paragraph, devoted to this vital topic. After finally coming across it, I nearly wish that I hadn’t. Apparently, a pandemic of this type is only worth about one hundred and fifty million dollars. At only fifty cents per person, that is an embarrassing amount .

If you think that you couldn’t possibly be affected by this, you are wrong. Over half of these infections hit people between the ages of 15 and 24. That means that they are your children, your grandchildren, your nieces, or perhaps even your sibling. Even if it’s only someone you don’t even know who is infected with an STD, more times than not it’s your tax dollars that will be footing the bill for treatment of any complications that might arise.

STDs cost our healthcare system billions of dollars each year, so a few hundred million isn’t really such a large sum relatively speaking. With nearly $16 billion spent to fight the effects of these diseases, it would only make sense to spend a much larger proportion in order to fight them off before they even happen. Due to the silent and often deadly nature of these diseases, a proactive approach is an absolute essential.

STD testing, along with a willingness for more open and honest talk regarding STDs, can be a simple and effective way to fight this epidemic. While sex education in schools is a much debated topic, our society needs to find a better way of communicating the dire consequences of spur of the moment decisions. If you talk with most teenagers who are considering having sex, the majority of them will tell you that their major concern is an unwanted pregnancy. What they also need to be concerned with are the many different life threatening conditions that STDs bring to play.

Whether we like it or not, sex is here to stay and we might as well accept it. The birth control pill has ushered in a new era of sexual freedom for many people, and many people now feel like they are doing all that they need to do to be sexually responsible . The truth, however, is that it’s also opened up a Pandora’s box of other issues that are still seldom ever talked about. If we look at the continent of Europe, we can get a better picture of what changes we might benefit from. They are much more sexually active, and much more sexually open too. However, they have also seen their STD rates decrease at a much faster rate than the US.

Just last year $400 million was placed into the stimulus bill to provide for STD testing and HIV testing. However, both parties had a change of heart for some reason and quickly removed it. We should be united in this effort, as this investment can help trim our nations skyrocketing healthcare costs for us and future generations . Until then, however, we will continue to pay the price for this and other comparable past decisions.

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