According to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were a record-high 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis diagnosed in the United States in 2017.
Chlamydia is the most commonly reported STD with nearly 1.7 million cases in 2017, up from just over 1.4 million in 2013. Diagnoses increased 45 percent among women aged 15 to 24. That number is 200,000 more than the previous record set in 2016.
"We are sliding backward", Jonathan Mermin, director of the agency's national STD center, said in a statement.
PREVENTION TREATMENT. This trio of STDs can lead to infertility, stillbirths, ectopic pregnancies, and a host of other conditions if left untreated.
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Diagnoses of primary and secondary syphilis rose 76 percent from 17,375 to 30,644.
The CDC also reported that the threat of untreatable gonorrhea continues in the United States. Nearly half of the cases were chlamydia, which was most commonly diagnosed in girls age 15-24.
They say cases of the disease are up almost 300 percent, "from 263 in 2007 to 792 in 2017".
Increases in gonorrhea among women "are also concerning", said the CDC report, with cases going from 197,499 to 232,587 in a single year from 2016-2017.
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David C. Harvey, MSW, executive director, National Coalition of STD Directors, called for an additional $70 million in funding to "immediately arm state and local health programs to combat this crisis".
Health officials have issued stark warnings as data reveals that sexually transmitted infections are soaring in the US. 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. "We haven't seen anything like this for two decades", she added. "If our representatives are serious about protecting American lives, they will provide adequate funding to address this crisis".
"Doctors are not screening and testing for STDs, and patients don't know they need to ask for that screening and treatment", he said at the briefing.
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