In reality, everything comes at a price.  Unfortunately, most Republican legislators do not deal in reality. In their ever-increasing fervor to meddle in reproductive healthcare, they have contributed to a massive increase in cases of sexually transmitted diseases.

Due to decreased funding for public health clinics, such as Planned Parenthood, the CDC has issued a reportstating that STDs are on the rise for the first time in over a decade. Officials have reported that the U.S. has seen cases of common sexually transmitted diseases, such as syphilis and gonorrhea, surge during recent years.

More than 1.4 million cases of chlamydiawere reported in 2014. This is the highest number of cases of any disease ever reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Most of the increases have been seen in young adults, who get infected soon after they first begin having sex. Has abstinence-only educationcontributed to this epidemic as well?

“Young people are the most vulnerable. While antibiotics can treat the infections, they often do not cause symptoms until damage has been done.

Women can lose their reproductive health for a lifetime from infection of chlamydia or gonorrhea.”

Just under 20,000 cases of syphilis were reported in 2014, the highest rate since 1994 and a 15 percent increase over 2013. The CDC found 458 cases of syphilis in newborn babies — a disturbing 27.5 percent increase over 2013. Up 5 percent from 2013, more than 350,000 cases of gonorrhea were reported.

Dr. Bolan continued:

“Certainly, this is the first time since 2006 that all three of our notifiable sexually transmitted diseases have increased. Some of the increases are quite alarming.”

What’s going on to spur such an increase? The CDC says there are several factors at play. Budget cuts are a big component.

“Most recently, there have been significant erosions of state and local STD control programs. Most people don’t recognize that the direct clinical care of individuals with sexually transmitted diseases is supported by state and local funds and federal funds.”

Insanity Is Doing The Same Thing Over And Over And Expecting Different Results.

Meanwhile in D.C., on Nov. 17, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) removed any doubt that Republicans may consider dropping a provision to defund Planned Parenthood from the 61st GOP Obamacare repeal packagetwo things Republicans really hate.

Senate Republican leaders initially wanted to vote on the Obamacare repeal bill sooner rather than later, but they’ve had trouble scratching together enough votes.  As many as eight Republican senators have threatened to vote no either because of the Planned Parenthood language or because of concern the bill does not go far enough to repeal the healthcare reform law.

McConnell, however, stood firm and vowed that the provision would not be dropped. McConnell insisted to reporters the repeal package “will contain a defund of Planned Parenthood,” and that it’ll move “after Thanksgiving.”

Dr. Bolan says she suspects the increasing STD rates  could be tied to a decrease in national health funding.

“Most recently, there have been significant erosions of state and local STD control programs. Most people don’t recognize that the direct clinical care of individuals with sexually transmitted diseases is supported by state and local funds and federal funds.”

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