A major U.S. city has declared a public health crisis that has become a state of emergency in the area after 125 victims were found to have been unknowingly infected with a deadly disease. Authorities are warning that there are definitely more people out there who have been infected and are urging them to seek medical attention soon if they were involved in the same scenario in which the known victims had secretly contracted it.
We already know that there is an opioid crisis happening in our nation, but there is a new troubling trend spinning out of control in one of our nations larger cities. The Center for Disease Control said this week that they are working fast to get information out to the age groups that are being directly affected. It’s time for us to consider measures that we can be taking at home to prevent these types of things from happening.
According to Daily Mail, At least 125 people in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, have tested positive for HIV, syphilis or both in one of the largest sexually transmitted infection ‘clusters’ ever reported in the US. The number of cases is expected to grow as more people come forward and clinicians identify more potential cases through asking those infected for their sexual history. Among the cluster are as many as a dozen high school students, according to Milwaukee’s Journal Sentinel.
Officials have said this is an ongoing, city-wide health issue especially among people between the ages of 15 and 24 that will have serious consequences if it doesn’t get under control soon. Three babies were born with syphilis in 2017 and health officials became increasingly concerned with the growing prevalence of STIs in mid-December after several people reported having HIV or syphilis symptoms. On Wednesday it was reported that 125 people, the majority of whom are men, have tested positive for one or both of the diseases, with 45 percent testing positive for HIV. Officials say the actual number of people in the cluster is likely higher than the 125 reported because many people don’t come forward out of fear of being stigmatized.
The group has been identified as a ‘cluster’ because they could all be connected and were in contact with each other during a 12-month period, local public health consultant Melissa Ugland told the Journal Sentinel. Fewer than 10 percent, or about 12 people, are Milwaukee Public School students.
“We are working with the health department to provide preventative information to our students as they fall within this age group and we have the unique ability to literally reach hundreds of students at one time with information that can protect their health,” MPS spokeswoman Denise Callaway told Daily Mail Online.
After news of the cluster broke on Wednesday, the city’s health department tweeted: “Troubling #publichealth news, there has been an increase in new cases of HIV/Syphilis. Sadly this included infants in 2017.’On March 1st, MHD launched a commuter ad campaign with MCTS to raise awareness about sexually transmitted diseases.”
If caught in its early stages, there are no lasting effects, but if left untreated, it can ultimately lead to damage in the brain, nerves, heart, bones and joints. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were more than 80,000 reported diagnoses of syphilis in 2016.The disease is most prevalent in men who have sex with men, but the number of cases affecting heterosexual men and women has increased in recent years.
While education is the most important part of stopping rampant STD’s from taking over a city, there something bigger that needs to be considered. Over the last 30 years, we have changed as a nation, we’ve stopped parenting our children. Kids come home from school and get on their electronic devices when it’s dinner time they make it for themselves. When it’s bedtime they put themselves to bed.
Parents have become absent, more consumed with their own lives and what’s happening on social media. Kids are left to make bad decisions too young, without redirection from a parent. There used to be a moral fabric to America that is all but gone now. If we want to stop school shootings, rampant STDs outbreaks, and a drug epidemic, it has to start at home – it has to start with a loving parent that engages there child.