‘Skyrocketing’ US STDs: Cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea & syphilis reach record levels

The federal health agency said in a report released Tuesday that the numbers reflect a “steep sustained increase” in STDs since 2013

Americans are crawling with chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis, according to a report that reveals a record-high spike in cases of sexually transmitted disease.

A lack of sex education also is contributing to the spread of STDs, said Michael Fraser, executive director for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.

To put it bluntly, as Jonathan Mermin, director of the CDC's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, did in a CDC press release: "We are sliding backward". More than 1.7 million cases were diagnosed in 2017, with 45 percent among 15- to 24-year-old females.

"They realize that their sites could be stigmatized for being associated with STDs".

Diagnosed cases of gonorrhea increased 67 percent from 333,004 to 555,608 and almost doubled among men, rising from 169,130 to 322,169. The U.S.'s rate of new STD cases has been trending upward for some time now, with each of the past four years resulting in "steep and sustained" increases, according to the CDC.

Primary and secondary syphilis diagnoses increased 76 percent between 2013 and 2017.

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

All three of the diseases are treatable but woman could suffer from permanent damage to the reproductive system and men to the prostate if not addressed.

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

"M$3 ost cases go undiagnosed and untreated - which can lead to severe adverse health effects that include infertility, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth in infants, and increased HIV risk", according to the CDC. However, 2017 saw the emergence of a "super gonorrhea" that is treatment resistant, and it's not inconceivable that the other diseases could evolve to resist antibiotics as well.

Public health experts are also concerned about antibiotic resistant gonorrhea. "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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