'Very concerning' new record as 2.3m STD cases diagnosed in US

'Very concerning' new record as 2.3m STD cases diagnosed in US

'Very concerning' new record as 2.3m STD cases diagnosed in US

Almost 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis were diagnosed in the United States in 2017, according to preliminary data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at the National STD Prevention Conference in Washington, D.C. This surpassed the previous record set in 2016 by more than 200,000 cases and marked the fourth consecutive year of sharp increases in these sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Diseases have seen a year-on-year rise for the last four, topping the record high set in 2016 by 200,000 to reach the 2.3 million mark in the US. STDs affect individuals of all ages, but most of the new cases each year occur in 15 to 24-year-olds.

To put it bluntly, as Jonathan Mermin, director of the CDC's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, did in a CDC press release: "We are sliding backward".

"The finding adds to the complexities of gonorrhea treatment", said Dr. Gail Bolan, director of the CDC's Division of STD Prevention.

Primary and secondary syphilis diagnoses increased 76 percent between 2013 and 2017.

Americans are increasingly contracting sexually transmitted diseases at a steep and steady rate.

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There are concerns that the rise in syphilis might be linked to the opioid epidemic, with David Harvey from the National Coalition of STD Directors theorising that the numbers could be the result of women exchanging sex for drugs.

"An STD expert says that President Trump should declare this a public health crisis".

Untreated sexually transmitted diseases can lead to severe adverse health effects that include infertility, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth in infants, and increased HIV risk.

The trend is exacerbated by the fact that gonorrhea could soon become resistant to antibiotic treatment, the CDC said in a statement Tuesday.

Experts are anxious that azithromycin-resistant genes in some gonorrhea strains could cross over into gonorrhea that is not as susceptible to ceftriaxone. To do that, we need the government to step up and ensure those working to prevent STDs have the resources they need to do so effectively.

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