The Impact of the 'Hookup Culture': Part One

Published: Feb. 13, 2017 at 5:03 PM CST
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According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, state and county health agency data and social media surveys, the organization Background check has ranked Texas as the 12th most sexually diseased state.

Casual hookups are an all time high and with increased casual sex, STDs have also reached all time high, according to the CDC.

The CDC estimates that youth ages 15 to 24 make up just over one quarter of the sexually active population, but account for half of the 20 million new sexually transmitted infections that occur in the U.S. each year.

Now, two Laredoans are sharing their story about STDs.

It was a night of careless behavior for a man who we will came 'Jacob' who now has to now live with forever.

A sexual encounter with a stranger one night led to Jacob receiving the news that he'd never thought he'd hear, he was diagnosed with syphilis.

Jacob received proper treatment at the Laredo Health Department but even following successful treatment, people can be re-infected with syphilis.

A couple of years after treatment, while in a serious relationship Jacob was informed he had been re-infected.

Jacob was back to square one and started with treatment and has now been able to control it.

Manual Sanchez is the program director for the HIV/STD resources for the Laredo Health Department.

Sanchez says there has been an increase in STDs in Laredo these past couple of years.

In 2015, 1,215 people were tested for HIV and 16 people tested positive.

In 2016, 1,706 were tested but 29 tested positive.

Chlamydia and gonorrhea is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases.

In 2016, 21 males and eight females tested positive for chlamydia and seven males and one female were infected with gonorrhea.

The most popular age group testing positive for STDs is 20 through 29 year olds.

The same age group one Laredo woman who we will call Jane falls into.

Jane says it all started after her boyfriend spoke about feeling discomfort which made her question her own health so they both went to the health department to get tested.

The 22-year-old was diagnosed with the sexual transmitted infection trichomoniasis- just three days before this interview happened.

Jane says both herself and her boyfriend are not sure when the infection was transmitted.

Since Jane says both have looked outside the relationship for sexual encounters with strangers.

That exact behavior Sanchez says has medical experts worried and the accessibility there is to meeting strangers.

Sanchez says they are keeping a close eye on the young generations approach to one night stands, which he says are made easy by dating apps.

Many STD's can be difficult to treat because they frequently show symptoms that are mistaken for other diseases or sometimes they show no symptoms at all.

The Laredo Health Department offers free STD screening at its office.