“Condom use among men who have sex with men has decreased.”
Oct 8, 2019
CNN – Health officials are raising an alarm about a rise in STDs across the United States.
For the fifth consecutive year, combined cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis have risen in the United States, according to a Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published on Tuesday.
“Combined they total 2.4 million infections that were diagnosed and reported just in last year alone,” said CDC epidemiologist Elizabeth Torrone, adding that the combined number marks “the most cases” ever recorded since monitoring began.
“Yet not that long ago, gonorrhea rates were at historic lows, syphilis was close to elimination, and we were able to point to advances in STD prevention,” wrote Dr. Gail Bolan, director of the CDC’s Division of STD Prevention.
“That progress has since unraveled. The number of reported syphilis cases is climbing after being largely on the decline since 1941, and gonorrhea rates are now increasing.
“Many young women continue to have undiagnosed chlamydial infections, putting them at risk for infertility.”
Possible factors driving this rise in STD cases, which vary depending on where you live, include a surge in people getting tested and cases being diagnosed and reported. There’s also a decline in people using condoms.
The new report found that rates of reported cases tended to be highest among adolescents and young adults.
The new CDC report calls for federal, state and local agencies to employ strategies that reduce STD incidence and help to improve sexual, reproductive, maternal and infant health.
Four STDs are monitored nationwide and nationally notifiable to the CDC: chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and chancroid.
The states with the highest rates of cases were:
- Alaska for chlamydia
- Mississippi for gonorrhea
- Nevada for primary and secondary syphilis
- For each of those three diseases, rates in the District of Columbia were higher than all states … Read more.