If there were a war in which the causality figures reached one million people killed or wounded, most people would want to do something drastic to stop it. Imagine if most of those affected were young people. Consider the family, friends and community of the fallen that also would suffer greatly from these losses.
This war is happening now. It is a worldwide war from sexually transmitted diseases that are the effects of the loose morals of the sexual revolution. The total casualty figure of this war is not one million killed or wounded. It is over one million new cases a day—every day, all over the world. The war is far from over. In fact, health care officials have noted little progress in curbing infection over the last five years.
According to a study published by the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, there were 376 million new cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis and syphilis in people between the ages of 15-49 in 2016, the most recent year for which data is available. The rate of infection has remained unchanged from the data collected five years earlier.
These shocking statistics do not show the suffering caused by this war. The consequences of sexually-transmitted diseases can ruin the lives of those infected. If left untreated, the diseases can cause infertility, stillbirth, ectopic pregnancy, heart disease and neurological conditions. Infected people also run the risk of developing HIV, which causes AIDS.
As in all wars, innocent people are also affected. Many of those with diseases do not develop symptoms of illness yet can still infect others through daily or even casual contact. Still more tragic are the innocent babies in the womb that can later contract birth defects, pneumonia and blindness from their infected mothers. Syphilis, transmitted during pregnancy and childbirth, caused 200,000 stillbirths and newborn deaths in 2016.
While most of these diseases are curable, efforts to treat them are hampered by a global shortage of the medicine called benzathine penicillin. In addition, officials report strains of gonorrhea that have developed resistance to antibiotics.
Thus, the problem has reached crisis proportions. The situation should trigger an international health emergency. People should get involved to eradicate the diseases as has been done in the past.
However, this crisis is different. It cannot be combatted by improved hygiene or other healthy habits. This is not only a medical problem but also a moral problem.
People do not want to face this reality. They do not want to face the real causes of sexually-transmitted diseases, which are loose morals and promiscuous behavior. Instead, they prefer to ignore the truth. People have fallen for the myths of the sexual revolution of the sixties that claims that sexual activity outside of marriage is an entitlement. They are told that chastity is impossible to maintain.
Thus, instead of taking measures to stop the behaviors that are causing this war and inflicting such casualties, people are doing everything possible to make it worse. They are adding fuel to the fire. Officials are calling for more contraception and abortion to ensure that these acts have no consequences in the form of childbirth. A hypersexualized, porn-filled culture makes sure everyone abuses their sexual appetites to the fullest possible extent.
“We’re seeing a concerning lack of progress in stopping the spread of sexually transmitted infections worldwide,” Dr. Peter Salama, the World Health Organization executive director for universal health coverage and life course, said in a statement. “This is a wake-up call for a concerted effort to ensure everyone, everywhere can access the services they need to prevent and treat these debilitating diseases.”
John Horvat II is a scholar, researcher, educator, international speaker, and author of the book Return to Order: From a Frenzied Economy to an Organic Christian Soceity--Where We've Been, How We Go Here, and Where We Need to Go. He lives in Spring Grove, Pennsylvania, where he is the vice president of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property.