College Students In The United States Frequently Engage

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College students in the United States frequently engage in risky behavior which puts them on the radar for health issues. A popular activity among these college students is “hooking up” with friends, acquaintances or even strangers. “Hooking up” is defined as a sexual encounter which may or may not involve sexual intercourse, usually happening on only one occasion between two people who are strangers or brief acquaintances (Paul, 2000). “Hooking up” allows these individuals to experience sexual intimacy without investing the time and energy into a committed relationship. This becomes especially perilous behavior when alcohol or drugs are involved. The most common result of engaging in unsafe sex with a stranger is acquiring a sexually…show more content…
Untreated infections typically lead to pelvic inflammatory disease which can produce infertility, an ectopic pregnancy, and chronic pelvic pain (CDC, 2017). The Center for Disease Control and Prevention conduct a Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance which monitors and records the occurrence of sexually transmitted infections. According to their most recent data from 2014, rates of reported cases of chlamydia are highest among adolescents and young adults aged 15–24 years (CDC, 2014). In 2014, the rate among 15–19 years of age was 1,804.0 cases per 100,000 and the rate among ages 20-24 was 2,484.6 cases per 100,000 (CDC, 2014) (See Appendix A). Following chlamydia, gonorrhea is the second most reported notifiable disease according to the CDC. Gonorrhea is a result of the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhea. Like chlamydia, gonorrhea can affect both men and women. It is one of the major causes of pelvic inflammatory disease in the United states but may also cause infection in the genitals, rectum and throat (CDC, 2017). Gonorrhea can be acquired by engaging in unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has the disease. While gonorrhea is currently treatable, in the recent year’s gonorrhea has gradually developed resistance to the antibiotic drugs prescribed for treatment (CDC, 2017). Data from 2014
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