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Jack Murphy @jackmurphylive
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Two news stories out recently:

1) Millennials have less sex than anyone ever
2) STD's are on the rise - Gonorrhea and Chlamydia in particular

Why? 👇
At first I thought the rise in STDs could be attributed to the gay community.

Condom use in that subgroup has gone down for 2 reasons:

- HIV has become a manageable disease and not a death sentence
- a new treatment called Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) prevents transmission
Non lethal STD rates in the gay community have risen because of this.

But, young women also saw a huge jump in Chlamydia as well. So it's not just the gay community.

"Almost half of chlamydia cases were in girls and women ages 15 to 24."

bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
Young women 15 - 24 are having less sex than ever but:

- STDs are exploding.

- Teen pregnancy is at all time lows.
At the same time as more people are getting the clap -

More women are using IUD's as protection against pregnancy.

theatlas.com/charts/r1e3ZDC…
Andecdotally (heh) I can report that interest in condom use among Millenial women has plummeted- when compared to Gen X the difference in expectations is startling.

There is a generational shift that is quite noticeable.

Gen X'ers lived through the AIDS scare and it shows.
In my estimation - the rise in STD's that is happening along side all time lows in sexual activity and pregnancy rates is because of the following:

- HIV / AIDS isn't as scary as it once was
- IUD use is on the rise
- Easily cured infections aren't scary at all
Technology has solved for the major issues:

- HIV transmission is preventable and AIDS is manageable
- IUDs easily prevent pregnancy
- HPV vax solves cervical cancer

So all that's left is the clap, the herp, and the itch.

And I think people say, I can roll the dice on that.
A commenter beat me to my next tweet, which is that the changing sexual marketplace has much to do with this:
The overall climate around STDs + pregnancies has become less terrifying.

Effectively, the risk reward relationship for unprotected sex has changed dramatically over the last decade + now we see the consequences.

In the old days, they made it seem like sex was a death sentence.
The risk for straight white men was always overblown.

Remember there was a time where we didn't even understand how HIV/AIDS was transmitted, so to be safe, we scared the shit out of everyone.

Now the data and science is in, and the risk/reward guides people towards no condom.
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