STD Rates Hit “Alarming” Record High

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Earlier this week, we discussed the new STI that surfaced in Britain. Now, this.

The Centers for Disease Control witnessed an “alarming” increase in STD cases in 2014. According to a new report released Tuesday, 1.4 million new chlamydia cases were reported in 2014, making it the highest “number of annual cases of any condition ever reported to the CDC.”

Data showed an increase in gonorrhea and syphilis cases as well. Syphilis, in particular, showed a “troubling” trend among men.

“While rates have increased among both men and women, men account for more than 90 percent of all primary and secondary syphilis cases,” the report explained.

Even worse, there was a 15.1% increase of those diagnosed during the disease’s most infectious stage. What’s even more disturbing is that this is only the tip of the iceberg.

“Many cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis continue to go undiagnosed and unreported, and data on several additional STDs — such as human papillomavirus, herpes simplex virus, and trichomoniasis — are not routinely reported to CDC,” the report warns. “As a result, the annual surveillance report captures only a fraction of the true burden of STDs in America.”

Young women and gay and bisexual men are most at risk, according to the report. Half of the 20 million new STD infections that occur each year are among people ages 15 to 24.

“America’s worsening STD epidemic is a clear call for better diagnosis, treatment, and prevention,” explained Jonathan Mermin, M.D., director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and Tuberculosis Prevention. “STDs affect people in all walks of life, particularly young women and men, but these data suggest an increasing burden among gay and bisexual men.”

Be safe folks, wrap it up.

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