STD rates in United States rise for fourth year in a row

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

"We are sliding backward", Jonathan Mermin, M.D., M.P.H, director of CDC's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention said.

The most common condition reported to the CDC was chlamydia, with more than 1.7 cases diagnosed previous year.

Health officials have issued stark warnings as data reveals that sexually transmitted infections are soaring in the US.

According to the report, Gonorrhea cases increased 67 percent (555,608 diagnoses), Syphilis diagnoses increased 76 percent (30,664 cases), and there were more than 1.7 million diagnoses of Chlamydia, which is the most common STD.

"It is evident the systems that identify, treat, and ultimately prevent STDs are strained to near-breaking point". A report has found that cases of syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea have spiked for the fourth year in a row. Females between the ages of 15 and 24 made up 45 percent of the cases.

At a press briefing, Gail Bolan, MD, director of the CDC division of STD prevention, characterized this as a "continuation of a persistent and troubling trend", particularly noting that rates of diagnosis for gonorrhea "nearly doubled" among men and increased one-fifth among women, "something we haven't seen in a long time", she added. "We haven't seen anything like this for two decades".

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Gonorrhea diagnoses increased 67 percent between 2013 and 2017, and almost doubled among men during that time period. Reported cases of three well-known STDs all increased between 2016 and 2017.

Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis can be cured with antibiotics.

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"The explosion in STDs comes on the heels of years of cutbacks in federal funding", Harvey said. Doctors typically prescribe a single shot of ceftriaxone that's followed by an oral dose of a different antibiotic, azithromycin.

But gonorrhea appears to be developing new resistance against azithromycin, raising concerns that the dual therapy approach could crumble in the future. To do that, we need the government to step up and ensure those working to prevent STDs have the resources they need to do so effectively.

Public health experts are also concerned about antibiotic resistant gonorrhea.

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