Three major sexually-transmitted diseases reached a historic high in infection cases in 2018, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The combined number of cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis have continued to increase, reaching what the CDC described as “an all-time high in the United States in 2018.”
According to a report released Tuesday, the CDC found that from 2017 to 2018, chlamydia cases increased 3 percent to more than 1.7 million cases, the highest number of such cases ever reported to the CDC.
Gonorrhea cases increased 5 percent to more than 580,000, which is the highest reported number since 1991. There were also 115,000 syphilis cases, with the number of “secondary syphilis cases” increasing by 14 percent to more than 35,000 cases, the highest reported number since 1991.
CDC attributed the rise in the three STDs to multiple factors, among them drug use and poverty, decreased condom usage among groups including young people and gay men, and state and local government cuts to STD programs.
“STDs can come at a high cost for babies and other vulnerable populations,” said Jonathan Mermin, M.D., M.P.H., director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention in a statement released Tuesday.
“Curbing STDs will improve the overall health of the nation and prevent infertility, HIV, and infant deaths.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski