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Your Child Needs You – Pt 6

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Your Child Needs YOU, BEFORE It Is Too Late.

2016 STD Surveillance Report: STDs Tighten Grip on Nation’s Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Department of Health & Human Services

This year’s Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report, 2016, released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), marks the third year of overall increasing rates for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.

While STDs can impact anyone, the new report underscores how disparities are deepening for the hardest-hit and most vulnerable groups:

  • Youth aged 15-24 continue to make up most reported chlamydia and gonorrhea infections, and are now experiencing syphilis increases.
  • Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) continue to face the highest rates of syphilis and HIV co-infection.  Data from the STD Surveillance Network (SSuN) also suggest gonorrhea rates have increased among MSM for five years.
  • Pregnant women are experiencing some of the harshest outcomes from untreated STDs with the continued surge of congenital syphilis (CS) – where cases rise to numbers unseen since 1998.

The good news is that we can interrupt the steady climb in STD rates.  Doing so means that we must fully commit to doing what works AND to better understanding the changing face of the epidemic, as well as the real-world challenges that can stand in the way of preventing STDs.

Bringing the growing STD burden to a halt requires action by many. For example:

  • Here at CDC, we’ll continue monitoring national STD trends and for antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea; providing the most up-to-date screening, treatment, and other prevention services guidance; and funding health departments to help support their work to prevent STDs.
  • Health departments can continue to monitor and analyze their local STD burden; identify and link people with STDs and their partners to treatment and care; and disseminate up-to-date disease trends and clinical preventative resources to healthcare providers.
  • Providers can take routine sexual histories, as well as test, rapidly diagnose, and treat patients and partners as CDC recommends.

Together, we can make a difference, but it will take all of us – CDC, health departments, healthcare providers, community organizations, and individuals.

Louisiana is working to be that difference.  Their health officials are confronting, head on, some of the highest STD rates in the country.

By tackling their burden on multiple fronts, Louisiana is gaining ground in spite of an uphill battle.  For example, with syphilis, they’ve increased testing and reduced time to treatment in public health clinics.

In 2016, the number of CS cases decreased for the first time in five years.  With expanded extragenital gonorrhea and chlamydia testing, they also diagnosed 165 cases that would have otherwise been missed.

These budding achievements are a strong reminder to us all that good prevention remains in reach.  Reversing our growing STD burden will take a lot of work, and it won’t happen overnight, but it is worth it.

At the end of the day, STD prevention is about more than stopping a single disease, it’s about safeguarding our quality of life.  I know it. You know it.  Let’s make sure that other people know it, too.

Here are some resources especially for you, as well as prevention materials you can share in your community:

CDC’s 2016 STD Surveillance Report website to find the report any related resources

A NEW infographic that you can adapt and use in your state

Sample Social media and social media ready graphics

Learn how to add CDC pages to your website

Fact Sheets about STDs

Posters, stickers, and other free STD prevention campaign materials

CDC’s STD website

Join the online conversation using #STDreport, and spread the word by retweeting @CDCSTD and sharing posts from the CDC STD Facebook page!

Sincerely,

Gail Bolan, M.D. Director, Division of STD Prevention National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Your Child Needs You – Pt 5

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Your Child Needs YOU
BEFORE It Is Too Late

Legacy of Lies, Death, and Payola

This may well be your last chance, as a Parent, to be what your Child needs most, and that is a Good Parent that Loves, Protects, and Nurtures Their Child.  This can only be accomplished if you and your Child can effectively communicate.

Can you spell “abstinence”….

The average cost of an AIDS test is about $65.00.  While researching this, I noted more than one reference which stated that as many as three (3) tests were needed to confirm an absolute finding of Positive for HIV/AIDS.

There is a very good reason for me including this information:

  • Before ending his time in office, President Obama made it legal for a homosexual male to give blood.  On top of the time to test this blood given, you have a basic cost of one test, now you multiply time and cost times three (3).

Before I continue, I want you to know that Our Family will not accept blood from any source other than a group of close Friends or Family, with the exception of in the event of extreme emergency.

Our Country is inundated by an epidemic of STDs:  HIV/AIDS, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, and Chlamydia, that, in truth is already a Pandemic.  The CDC, medical community, and Our Own Government are attempting to force-feed us, WE THE PEOPLE, tainted, watered down statistics, that only a Child might believe. One only has to read the “Call To Action” on syphilis to see through the DECEPTION.  However, this latest Call To Action on Gonorrhea will remove any doubt as to the severity of what “SOMEONE” is attempting to do to WE THE PEOPLE and Our Great Country, and I say this because after you read these, you will see, as I do, that this latest is more near a SCREAM AND RUN FOR COVER ATTITUDE.

I pray that Our Mighty, Loving, GOD protect us all.

Your Child Needs You – Pt 2

Thursday, May 4, 2017
CDC Releases ‘Call to Action’ to Reduce Syphilis

Your Child Needs You – Pt 3

Texas bathroom bill could expose birth certificate gender of transgender kids

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND
PREVENTION

National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitus, STD, and TB Prevention
Division of STD Prevention

June 6, 2017

Dear Partners in Prevention,

Concerning developments reported last year suggest that gonorrhea may be beginning to outsmart our last recommended treatment.  Keeping an eye on antibiotic resistance has never been more important.  CDC has developed these new tools to assist in your efforts to make sure your communities are aware of the emerging threat of drug-resistant gonorrhea and to help them better understand the issue:

  • A NEW video animation was developed to help raise awareness about drug-resistant gonorrhea. It illustrates gonorrhea’s history of overpowering almost every drug ever used to treat it, the current battles we face as the bacterium evolve, and the dangers of this common infection becoming untreatable. Please share with your memberships and those who seek to educate community leaders and others about this topic.
  • The 2015 Gonococcal Isolate Surveillance Project (GISP) Profiles are also now available.  In addition to the national antimicrobial susceptibility results included in the 2015 STD Surveillance Report, the GISP Profiles provide a one-stop resource to assure you have the most up-to-date national and local CDC antimicrobial susceptibility data.  For more than 30 years, these data have helped those of us in public health ensure gonorrhea is successfully treated with the right drugs.

Thank you for your continued commitment to prevention and your efforts to keep drug-resistant gonorrhea a top public health priority.

Sincerely,

Gail Bolan, M.D. Director,
Division of STD Prevention
National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Your Child Needs You – Pt 2

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Your Child Needs YOU
BEFORE It Is Too Late

The Time To Communicate With Your Children Is Now Or Never

Our Country is besieged with an epidemic of monstrous proportions, yet the true numbers have been hidden even by the CDC.  But even with the stats I will post, I have something very alarming to share tonight.  May Our Dear GOD protect us and Bless us all.

The legacy of the Obama Administration was and is an attempt at genocide.  He not only brought in people that hate us, he didn’t bother to test any for diseases, even though all of these people are from countries with HIV/AIDS epidemics worst than what we have, and the fact that Ebola was brought into Our Country is yet another indictment against his legacy.

Our X President also took the ban off homosexuals giving and selling blood. 

I will take this time to address two (2) different groups before we continue.

To all the people that agree with, and the ones that simply turn a blind eye, to the wholesale murder of Our Babys, don’t leave yet when I tell you I TOLD YOU SO, because I also have something that includes all of you with the next group.  Just imagine for one (1) minute, that if a full-sized hospital could not protect everyone from Ebola, how  can you be so ignorant in believing Planned Parenthood was protecting everyone from HIV/AIDS????

I know many of you can remember the time when more than a few people thought I just set up here and made things up about Planned Parenthood, and also just pulled numbers out of no where and said they were more near correct for stats than the lie so many were believing.  (That was a joke, but I see Our Senior Editor, and several more of Our Circle not laughing, and in fact are looking at the floor, My friends, they know me, you might want to get in position where you aren’t so obvious).

Huh, something just blew dirt in my eyes…. My Friends, even I can’t stay dry-eyed. 

Not only have the antivaxxers been right, HEY THIS IS FOR ALL THE HILLARY AND PLANNED PARENTHOOD SUPPORTERS, how many remember the days when people thought I made up the fact that PPH was making $!,000,000 to $10,000,000 a day selling illegal fetal tissue for highly illegal research on fetal tissue, and for the viable baby organs.

I never saw any where that said it wasn’t still illegal to research on fetal tissue.

SO YOU TELL ME HOW THE CDC OWNS A WHOLE LOT OF VACCINATION PATENTS, some of these vaccinations are grown in dead cow blood along with metals and heavy metals.

But what might come as a shock is the fact that some of these vaccinations are grown in fetal tissue.

Before we continue with the rest of the epidemic material, I want everyone to know that I will attempt to bring you all the numbers, but there is more and more Children adversely affected by these vaccinations every day, this year is due to set records very early on.

  • This year alone, 10,000,000 young people, 13 years-of-age to 23, will contract one (1) or more STI or STD
  • 35 percent of teens ages 14 to 19 have Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Girls age 15 to 19 have the highest rates of Gonorrhea and the second highest rate of Chlamydia of any age group

From: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) <cdc@service.govdelivery.com>
Sent: Thursday, May 4, 2017 10:50 AM
To: RStrongBow@notinmyworld.org
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Subject: CDC Releases ‘Call to Action’ to Reduce Syphilis

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Public Health Service
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Dear Colleague,

As we close the door on another STD Awareness Month, I am pleased to announce the release of CDC’s Call to Action: Let’s Work Together to Stem the Tide of Rising Syphilis in the United States.

CDC’s Division of STD Prevention is calling on public and private sectors, as well as affected communities, to help reduce syphilis through research, prevention, and outreach.

Historically low syphilis rates are in the rearview mirror, and today, we face increasing syphilis rates across almost every demographic. Of utmost concern is the continued high rate among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men, as well as a sudden surge of congenital syphilis rates.

We must act now to disrupt syphilis.  And we need for everyone to pitch in with specific action steps encouraged in the Call to Action. For example:

  • Public health departments need to improve surveillance; partner with healthcare providers and patient advocacy groups; conduct partner services; increase screening; and ensure collaboration between State and local STD, HIV, and maternal and child public health programs
  • Healthcare Providers need to take complete sexual histories; follow CDC testing recommendations; treat diagnosed patients immediately per CDC guidelines; and work with the health department to report all cases of syphilis by stage, including cases of congenital syphilis
  • Decision-makers and community leaders need to talk to STD program professionals in their jurisdiction and address any policy barriers to affected populations seeking or obtaining recommended screening and treatment

While getting back to the basics of syphilis prevention will help make a difference, it will not put a full stop to this disease.  For these reasons, the Call to Action also outlines action steps needed from affected communities, universities, industry, and even electronic medical records vendors.

I understand that we’re asking for a lot from everyone; however, we’re committed to undoing these worsening syphilis trends with you.

CDC pledges to unite and strengthen new and old tools of prevention to protect the public from this dangerous disease.  We will, for example, improve surveillance; make a syphilis specimen repository available for technological developments; and help develop novel diagnostic tools and better prevention tools.  At the same time, we will continue ongoing work to prevent all STDs, including syphilis.

Together, we can put syphilis behind us where it belongs.

Thank you for your commitment to STD prevention.

Best Regards,

Gail Bolan, MD
Director, Division of STD Prevention
National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Utah Bill would eliminate statute of limitations on Child Sexual Abuse civil actions

Salt Lake City, Utah — The House Judiciary Committee voted unanimously Monday to give a favorable recommendation to proposed legislation that would eliminate the statute of limitations on civil actions related to child sexual abuse.

Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, sponsor of HB277, told committee members that child sexual abuse is “heinous. It’s murdering the spirit of the child.”

When a child is molested, society and the victims themselves pay the price in terms of health care costs, mental health treatment, lost wages and productivity.

“In this case, we make sure that cost is borne by the perpetrator,” he said.

Although Utah’s criminal statutes have been changed to acknowledge that many victims of child sexual abuse are not equipped to face their accusers until an average of 20 years later, Utah’s civil statute of limitations has lagged behind, Ivory said.

Under existing Utah law, a person who discovers childhood sexual abuse after age 18 has four years to file a civil lawsuit against the perpetrator.

Passage of HB277 would permit victims of child sexual abuse to file civil lawsuits at any time by eliminating the statute of limitations.

Rep. Brian King, D-Salt Lake City, said the proposed change in state law means an adult could conceivably file a lawsuit decades after an alleged incident occurred.

King said he understands that it can take “a long time for people to work through the trauma associated with this kind of thing, (but) I am concerned about putting defendants in a difficult situation trying to defend these kinds of things.”

Ivory said in civil cases, plaintiffs bear the burden of proof. The passage of time may make it more difficult for plaintiffs to prove their cases.

Yet it takes many victims years to be able to face their perpetrators, he said, so civil statutes needs to take that into account.

King agreed.  “I think we need to provide greater remedies for people who have been damaged by the actions of others,” he said.

FBI calls it the 2nd fastest-growing type of organized crime

Child Sex Slavery
Child Sex Slavery, 2nd fastest growing organized crime

Washtenaw County child abuse prevention agency prompts discussion on human trafficking

WASHTENAW COUNTY, MICHIGAN – Washtenaw Area Council for Children, the county’s child abuse prevention agency, will be holding a discussion about human trafficking and how it might be affecting local children.

Between 100,000 to 300,000 children are at risk each year for commercial sexual exploitation in the U.S., according to an Estes and Weiner study.

“Please join us March 3 for an important discussion about this insidious and growing concern,” according to a statement from the Washtenaw Area Council for Children. “Awareness of the commercial sexual exploitation of children and its potential reach within our community will help us all in our work to keep the children of Washtenaw safe and sound.”

The “Removing the Blinders” discussion will be from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 3, at the Washtenaw Intermediate School District’s Teaching and Learning Center at 1819 Wagner Road in Scio Township.

It is free to attend and a continental breakfast is provided, but those who wish to come are asked to RSVP on Eventbrite at eventbrite.com/event/15632487190.

“Whether you call it human trafficking, sex slavery or prostitution; the commercial sexual exploitation of minors is something we all need to be aware of as potentially happening right under our noses, within our own community,” according to the Washtenaw Area Council for Children.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the county agency says human trafficking has become the second fastest growing criminal industry – just behind drug trafficking – with children accounting for roughly half of all victims.

The FBI calls it the fastest-growing type of organized crime.

The Washtenaw Area Council for Children has identified some indicators a child is vulnerable and easy prey for traffickers and exploiters:

  • Being a female between the ages of 12 and 14
  • A history of sexual and physical abuse
  • Child welfare involvement, especially out-of-home foster care placement
  • Being a runaway or homeless youth
  • Living in an impoverished community
  • Disconnection from education system and off-track for achievement
  • Substance dependency

Panelists expected at the March 3 discussion includes: Lisa Markman, M.D., University of Michigan Health Systems child protection team; Det. Thomas Boivin, Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office; Emily Schuster-Wachsberger, local council coordinator for the Children’s Trust Fund of MI and co-author of Michigan child sex trafficking protocol; Peg Talburtt, chief executive of the Lovelight Foundation and a member of the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force.

For more information, call the Washtenaw Area Council for Children office at 734-434-4215 or email marcia@washtenawchildren.org.