Family Research Council

If we could stop it - Would we?


By Tony Perkins
April 01, 2013

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If we could stop it - would we? Hello, this is Tony Perkins with the Family Research Council in Washington. New numbers released by the Center for Disease Control and analyzed by CNSNews.com show that there were 19.7 million new sexually transmitted infections reported in 2008, the last year which the numbers are available. According to the CDC that brings the number of STIs in the U.S. to over 110 million. The CDC estimates that there are about 20 million new infections in the U.S. each year, costing the American healthcare system an additional $16 billion in direct medical costs. Nearly half of the new infections are in young men and women aged 15 to 24. The leading STI is HPV which accounted for an estimated 14 million of the infections. It should be noted that HPV is the most common cause for cervical cancer. Can we stop this epidemic? We can, but it would require a new approach or should I say old approach - just to say no to sex outside of marriage.

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