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Researchers report that STD rates in the U.S. are through the roof. "We have among the highest rates of STDs of any developed country in the world," said John Douglas from the CDC, who suggests abstinence-only is to blame. [Reuters]

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I'd also blame the stigmatization of STDs—people are so embarrassed that they won't tell a partner that they have a disease, or they won't get tested because they're afraid of seeing the results, and unknowingly spread a disease onto a partner.

If we could just think of STDs the same way we think of strep throat or the flu, rather than stigmatizing those who have an STD as slutty or dirty, I think we'd be a lot better off. #chlamydia