- Health experts said on Thursday that nearly half of the estimated 56 million abortions performed worldwide every year are unsafe and women in poor countries face even higher risks due to U.S. funding cuts to family planning programs abroad.
- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that in two thousand sixteen, Americans were infected with more than 2 million new cases of gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia, the highest number of these sexually transmitted diseases ever reported.
- Health insurers selling Affordable Care Act plans in Florida will raise monthly premiums by nearly 45% percent on average next year, the state’s Office of Insurance Regulation said Tuesday.
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Health experts said on Thursday that nearly half of the estimated fifty six million abortions performed worldwide every year are unsafe and women in poor countries face even higher risks due to U.S. funding cuts to family planning programs abroad. U.S. President Donald Trump has reinstated a policy that requires foreign non-governmental organizations that receive U.S. global family planning funds to certify that they do not perform abortions or provide abortion advice as a method of family planning. Worldwide, twenty five million unsafe abortions occurred every year between two thousand ten and two thousand fourteen, according to a report by the World Health Organization and the Guttmacher Institute. Some ninety seven percent of those are in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Doctor Bela Ganatra of WHO department’s of reproductive health and research said: “Nearly half of abortions in the world are unsafe. And that is surprising because safe abortion is a simple intervention, scientifically speaking. There is an association between highly restrictive laws and unsafe abortion.” She added that all women and girls need access to sex education and effective contraception to avoid unwanted pregnancies and get safe abortion services if desired.
Uruguay, Nepal and Ethiopia have made safe abortion accessible in recent years, she added. Ireland plans to hold a referendum next May or June on whether it should loosen some of the world’s strictest abortion laws, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Tuesday. Around eighty eight percent of abortions occur in developing countries, where contraception is often lacking, said Doctor Gilda Sedgh, principal research scientist at the Guttmacher Institute.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that in two thousand sixteen, Americans were infected with more than two million new cases of gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia, the highest number of these sexually transmitted diseases ever reported.
“Clearly we need to reverse this disturbing trend,” said Doctor Gail Bolan, director of CDC’s Division of STD Prevention. The agency’s annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report shows that more than one point six million of the new cases were from chlamydia, four hundred seventy thousand were from gonorrhea and nearly twenty eight thousand cases were primary and secondary syphilis, the most infectious stages of the disease, according to the CDC. While all of these can be cured by antibiotics, many people go undiagnosed and untreated.
Only those three STDs and HIV are required by law to be reported to the CDC by physicians. When you include herpes and more of the dozens of diseases which can be transmitted sexually but which are not tracked, the CDC estimates there are more than twenty million new cases of STDs in the United States each year. At least half occur in young people ages fifteen to twenty four.
“STDs are out of control with enormous health implications for Americans,” said David Harvey, executive director of the National Coalition of STD Directors. The coalition represents state, local and territorial health departments who focus on preventing STDs. “If not treated, gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis can have serious consequences, such as infertility, neurological issues, and an increased risk for HIV,” said Harvey. Chlamydia is known as a “silent” infection, because most people have no symptoms, which means it often goes untreated. In women, it can ultimately cause pelvic inflammatory disease that can scar and affect fertility. In men, it can cause testicular pain and swelling.
However, the new data show that rates of this potentially deadly disease increased almost eighteen percent between two thousand fifteen and two thousand sixteen, with most of the cases in men who have sex with men. There was also a rise of the disease among women who pass it on to their newborns.
Health insurers selling Affordable Care Act plans in Florida will raise monthly premiums by nearly forty five percent on average next year, the state’s Office of Insurance Regulation said Tuesday. Florida regulators said most of the average rate hike — thirty one percentage points — came from standard plans sold on the ACA exchange at healthcare.gov. Insurers raised rates for those plans due to the political uncertainty that has plagued the healthcare debate, specifically whether the Trump administration will stop paying subsidies that lower out-of-pocket costs for low-income Americans. Senate Republicans were unable to garner enough support for their latest health care bill, titled Graham-Cassidy, and postponed the vote. Co-author of the bill Senator Bill Cassidy noted that he’s “disappointed” during a press conference on September twenty six.
Standard plans sold on healthcare.gov are the only ones that provide the subsidies, called cost sharing reductions, to consumers who earn less than two-and-a-half times the poverty level, which in two thousand seventeen was thirty thousand dollars for an individual and fifty one thousand dollars for a family of three. Of the one point forty three million Floridians with an ACA plan in two thousand seventeen, about three in four, or more than one million people, received a cost sharing reduction, according to federal estimates. Nine in ten Floridians, or about one point thirty three million received a separate subsidy that reduced their monthly rate, called the advance premium tax credit.