The so-called “millennial” age group is facing a severe health crisis in the nation’s most populous metropolitan area.
According to the New York Post, New York City has become a junkyard full of reasonably young people who are infected with $exually transmitted diseases (STDs). For an example, syphilis has become more prevalent among people aged 34 and younger, according to data recorded by the New York City Health Department.
“[Syphilis cases] have soared by 29 percent in the latest fiscal year to 1,700 — and people under age 34 account for most of them,” wrote Yoav Gonen, a columnist for The Post.
Since 2013, the use of condoms during $ex has dramatically decreased among members of the younger population in New York City.
“A survey of city high school students found in 2013, the most recent year available, that 67.8 percent reported using a condom the last time they had sex — down from 76.4 percent in 2003,” Gonen also wrote in a recent news article published online by The Post.
Dr. Susan Blank, a deputy commissioner at the New York City Health Department has stated that STD infection in NYC among millennials is happening because of the same age-old reasons.
“It’s certainly been well-documented that among adolescents and young adults, those who are sexually active tend to have multiple serial relationships or concurrent relationships. Within the context of unprotected sex, that could amplify the spread of disease,” Dr. Blank said in her interview with The Post.
Dr. Blank also stated that the rise in STD infection is predominantly affecting a certain demographic group, which consists of people of color.
“The groups that are most affected in New York City and nationally really are young adults, men who have sex with men, and persons of color,” Dr. Blank said.
Preventing the spread of STDs takes a concerted effort of personal responsibility and an increase in raising awareness. This must be undertaken by community stakeholders who are in a prime position to make a difference.