Baby Boomers and Gen X'ers have a lot to say about us Millennials: we're lazy, we only care about getting "likes", we think we deserve participation trophies — the list goes on. While none of these things are true across the board, it turns out that Millennials' sexual health habits might actually be something to worry about. According to a recent Broadly and Tonic survey of 4,000 readers ages 18-34, young people are getting dangerously careless with their below-the-belt behavior.
A September 2017 report by the CDC showed that rates of sexually transmitted diseases are on the upswing. There were over 2 million reported cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis in 2016, and each disease surpassed the CDC's 2015 totals and set new record highs for the third consecutive year. There is no single cause for this increase, but experts suggest it can be partially blamed on a lack of accessible medical infrastructure and comprehensive sex ed. When local clinics lose funding and shut down and when kids are learning that abstinence is the best way to avoid sexually transmitted infections, sexual health is sure to suffer.
So what, exactly, are Millennials getting themselves into these days? The following are five scary statistics about the sexual health of the 18-34 set.