STD Rates in US Hit New Record (2018)

STD (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) Rates in US Hit New Record (2018)

It seems about once a year or once every other year, I see these sorts of headlines about STDs being on the increase.

One “preventative project” that is FREE: celibacy.

(Link): STD Rates in US Hit New Record (2018)

The federal government continues to slash funding towards state and local preventative projects

(Link):  Why Are STDs on the Rise If Americans Are Having Less Sex?

The CDC found that reported cases of three STDs hit an all-time high in 2017, suggesting that while sexual activity is decreasing in the U.S., it’s getting riskier.

(Link):  Rates of three STDs in US reach record high, CDC says

(Link): STD Rates in the U.S. Hit a Record High for the Fourth Straight Year

August 29, 2018

Rates of three sexually transmitted diseases — syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia — have hit a record high for the fourth year in a row, the Centers for Disease Control announced Tuesday.

There were nearly 2.3 million diagnosed cases of the three STDs in 2017 based on preliminary data, the CDC said in a new report, an increase of over 200,000 from 2016.

Chlamydia continues to be the most commonly contracted disease, with over 1.7 million cases in 2017, an increase of more than 300,000 since 2013. Gonorrhea is next, with a 67 percent increase over those four years, from 333,004 cases to 555,608. And syphilis cases have gone up by 76 percent, from 17,375 to 30,644.

…The CDC said that the rising rates are likely because these STDsgo undiagnosed and untreated, despite effective antibiotics. They said that the diseases are particularly prevalent in areas where socioeconomic issues like poverty, stigma, discrimination and drug use stop people from seeking treatment.

…The report shared additional concerns that gonorrhea may become untreatable, as the disease becomes resistant to the various antibiotics used over the years. The CDC said that a recent method to treat gonorrhea, with azithromycin, is going down in effectiveness. One percent of gonorrhea cases were resistant to the drug in 2013, and it has increased to 4 percent in 2017.

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