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STD Rates Reach Record High — CDC

STD Rates Reach Record High — CDC”

Among them, chlamydia dominated new diagnoses at 1.6 million cases, followed by 470,000 cases of gonorrhea and nearly 28,000 of primary and secondary syphilis.

More than 2 million new cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported in the United States a year ago, the most ever.

More than 2 million new cases of the three diseases were reported in the United States past year, which is the highest number ever , according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The majority of these cases occured among men - especially gay and bisexual men, according to the report.

"Increases in STDs are a clear warning of a growing threat", said Dr. Jonathan Mermin, director of CDC's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention.

"STDs are a persistent enemy, growing in number, and outpacing our ability to respond", he said in an agency news release.

Health officials are reporting another record increase in infections from three sexually transmitted diseases.

California ranks third in the country for rates of syphilis with 5,891 cases in 2016. About half of MSM diagnosed with syphilis also have HIV. In addition to this patient group, CDC experts still reported an increase in syphilis infections of 36% among women and 28% among newborns (congenital syphilis) from 2015 to 2016.

Syphilis infection increased by nearly 18% from 2015 to 2016, the CDC release said. "On behalf of state STD prevention and care programs, we call upon the Trump Administration and Congress to support a $40 million increase to STD funding over FY 2017 funding levels to provide a much needed jump-start for state and local health departments and clinics to fight the rise in STDs", Harvey adds. Healthcare providers are urged to make STD screening and timely treatment a regular part of medical care (eg, prenatal care, HIV prevention) especially for pregnant women and MSM.

People need to talk openly about STDs, get tested regularly, and reduce risk by using condoms or being monogamous.

The three STDs can be treated with antibiotics. Left untreated, women can experience infertility, PID, ectopic pregnancies and chronic pelvic pain from STDs.

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