STDs Continue To Increase In America To A Record High

STDs Continue To Increase In America To A Record High

USA infections from three sexually transmitted diseases have risen for the fifth consecutive year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Tuesday.

Gonorrhea infections increased by 5%, topping 580,000 cases - the highest number since 1991. CDC says that Alaska has been experiencing a gonorrhea outbreak since October of 2017.

More than 336,000 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported a year ago, as rates of all three STDs continued to increase across the state, the California Department of Public Health reported.

And the syphilis rate rose 15 percent. Numbers may also reflect a decline in people using condoms.

Despite the alarming increase in women, men who have sex with other men saw the greatest increase in share of primary and secondary cases of syphilis in 2018. Cases of congenital syphilis increased 40 percent between 2017 and 2018, according to the CDC report, and deaths associated with congenital syphilis increased 22 percent.

CDC epidemiologist, Elizabeth Torrone, said, "Combined they total 2.4 million infections that were diagnosed and reported just in previous year alone". Preventing congenital syphilis requires testing pregnant women for syphilis the first time they see their doctors.

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Local health departments play a crucial role in preventing the spread of STDs.

In yet another tragic report on syphilis in babies, or congenital syphilis, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in the Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Surveillance Report, 2018 a total of 1,306 congenital syphilis cases reported in 2018; the most since 1995. Add to that recent cuts to state and local STD programs, resulting in clinic closures and less screening and patient follow-up.

There were more than 115,000 syphilis cases. "The public's health is in danger". STDs are a growing threat to our nation's health.

Recap: Chlamydia has increased 19% since 2014 to over 1.8 million cases. "Most people infected with an STD do not know it".

"There's a lack of public, provider, and policymaker knowledge about what's happening in STDs, and many consider these to be infections of a bygone era", Matthew Prior, the communications director of the National Coalition of STD Directors, told me via email.

When it comes to gonorrhea, one of the concerns is its ever-increasing resistance to antibiotics.

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