“STD Rates Are Soaring IN USA”

After decades of declining STDs, in recent years we’ve been sliding backwards in the USA.  “The United States continues to have the highest STD rates in the industrialized world,” said David Harvey, executive director of the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD).  Harvey said STDs lead to $16 billion in preventable healthcare costs each year.  Preliminary data indicate that rates of three sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) — Chlamydia infection, gonorrhea, and syphilis — hit an all-time high in 2017, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The CDC said that the United States is on track to have 1.7 million cases of Chlamydia infection (up from 1.59 million in 2016), 555,608 cases of gonorrhea, and 30,644 cases of primary and secondary syphilis in 2017.  Overall, that’s 200,000 more cases of the three reportable STDs than in 2016, and it’s the fourth year in a row that the United States has had a significant increase in those conditions.  The early data indicate that from 2013 to 2017, the number of gonorrhea cases increased by 67% and syphilis cases nearly doubled.  A significant number of the syphilis cases — 17,736 — were in men who have sex with men.  The figures are alarming.

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