Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia On The Rise
“Fourth consecutive year of sharp increases”
| 7 in 10 syphilis cases are among gay men
| The CDC says the number of cases of all three common STDs increased in 2017
Deb Belt, Patch National Staff | Sep 1, 2018 – The number of cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis diagnosed in the United States in 2017 went up once again, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported this week.
According to preliminary data released by the CDC, nearly 2.3 million cases of the three sexually transmitted diseases were diagnosed in 2017, an increase of more than 200,000 cases compared to 2016.
The rise represents the “fourth consecutive year of sharp increases,” the CDC says.
Between 2013 and 2017, the CDC says gonorrhea diagnoses increased 67 percent overall and diagnoses of primary and secondary syphilis, the most infectious stages of the disease, increased 76 percent.
Almost 70 percent of primary and secondary syphilis cases were among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men, according to the CDC.
Chlamydia was the most common STD reported to the CDC in 2017, with 45 percent of the cases in females between the ages of 15-24.
Overall in the U.S., more than 1.7 million cases of chlamydia were reported in 2017, nearly 555,600 cases of gonorrhea were reported and more than 30,000 cases of primary and secondary syphilis were reported, according to preliminary CDC data.
In Maryland alone, the most recent CDC data for the number of cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis is available for 2016.
There were 30,658 reported chlamydia cases in 2016, 509 reported cases of primary and secondary syphilis, and 9,523 reported gonorrhea cases.
Data for 2017 will not be available until the full STD surveillance report is published in September. Read more at Patch.
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