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STD rates in U.S. rise for fourth year in a row

The federal health agency said in a report released Tuesday that the numbers reflect a “steep sustained increase” in STDs since 2013 Rates of three STDs in US reach record high, CDC says
Carol Daniels | 30 August, 2018, 09:40

Chlamydia is the most commonly reported STD with nearly 1.7 million cases in 2017, up from just over 1.4 million in 2013.

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

"We are sliding backward", declared Dr. Jonathan Mermin, the CDC's director of sexually transmitted diseases.

"It is evident the systems that identify, treat, and ultimately prevent STDs are strained to near-breaking point".

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

STD rates have also surged in Indiana.

The CDC reported that chlamydia remained the most common condition reported to the CDC, with more than 1.7 million cases diagnosed in 2017, with a little under half among women ages 15 to 24.

David Harvey, executive director of the National Coalition of STD Directors, said the rise is due to stagnant federal funding for prevention efforts, a lack of screening and a decrease in condom use.

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Currently, the disease has become resistant to nearly every antibiotic available, with only ceftriaxone proving to be an effective way to treat gonorrhea, and that may soon come to an end.

Primary and secondary syphilis diagnoses increased 76 percent (from 17,375 to 30,644 cases).

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

The two-drug combination has yet to fail, but the CDC found resistance to azithromycin has increased from 1 percent in 2013 to more than 4 percent in 2017.

"We maintain our bridges and roads, and we see them on TV when they crumble".

If untreated, these diseases can affect a couple's ability to get pregnant, cause ectopic pregnancy and stillbirth, promote chronic pain in the pelvis or abdomen, and increase a person's risk of contracting or transmitting HIV, the CDC noted.

Diagnoses of gonorrhea rose by 67 percent overall from 333,004 in 2013 to 555,608 cases, according to preliminary data for 2017. The diseases can be treated with antibiotics, but gonorrhea has become resistant to almost every class of antibiotics except ceftriaxone. However, gonorrhea has become resistant to all but one of them, and experts fear it's only a matter of time before even that one is no longer effective.

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