Sexually transmitted diseases increase for fourth straight year — CDC

Pearl Mccarthy
August 29, 2018

Sexually-transmitted diseases continue to hit all-time highs in the USA with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting a 10 percent spike for chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis in 2017. Reported cases of three well-known STDs all increased between 2016 and 2017. Almost 2.3 million cases of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia were diagnosed in 2017, according to the CDC.

The data was revealed at the National STD Prevention Conference in Washington.

"Usually there are ebbs and flows, but this sustained increase is very concerning", she said. "We haven't seen anything like this for two decades". Experts suspect that with newer drugs lowering the risk of HIV infection and making the virus itself less lethal if it is contracted, condom usage has declined, leading to the rapid rise in STDs.

And yet we all but ignore these critical health components when we talk about, plan for, and pay for health.

Sexually transmitted infections like chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis soared to new record highs in the United States a year ago, public health officials said Tuesday.

In the a year ago, cases of primary and secondary syphilis grew more than 10%.

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Men who have sex with men made up nearly 70 percent of syphilis cases.

Nearly half - 45 percent - of chlamydia diagnoses were among 15- to 24-year-old females.

More women are also getting syphilis and unknowingly passing it on to their babies, a 2017 CDC report found.

For the fourth year in a row, the Centers for Disease Control is reporting record high numbers of people getting STDs.

When diagnosed, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are curable with antibiotics.

The CDC also reported that the threat of untreatable gonorrhea continues in the United States. "We can't let our defenses down - we must continue reinforcing efforts to rapidly detect and prevent resistance as long as possible".

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