Dr. Collier took this morning’s opportunity with Rickey Smiley to open up about a serious issue that is surging among adolescents and that is STIs.

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He explains why this outbreak has risen over the last decade, specifically among those between the ages of 14-19, and how it’s becoming a health threat among the public.

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“Recently released out about a CDC face syphilis increased 52%. From 2016 to 2020, congenital syphilis cases are up. Listen to this 235%.” says Dr. Collier. “That means babies are being born with syphilis at a rate of 235% Higher preliminary data for 2021 show yet another increase though congenital syphilis, which is considered a sentinel event in the healthcare system. That means that when the rates of syphilis are going up, a lot of other infectious diseases will go up as well. So untreated syphilis has to be long-term health consequences.”

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Take a listen to learn more on what you should know as a parent, information you can share with a teenager, and the long-term health issues this could cause among babies.

 

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