STD Rates Hit New Highs for the Fourth Straight Year

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Nearly 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis were diagnosed in the United States in 2017, shattering the previous record set in 2016 by more than 200,000 cases, according to preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).While the majority of sexually transmitted diseases are treatable, and chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are curable with antibiotics, most cases go undiagnosed and untreated, according to the CDC. Untreated infections can lead to serious complications, including infertility, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, and increased HIV risk. Another concern is antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea, a threat that continues to worsen.

Reports from 2013 and early data from 2017 suggest:

  • Chlamydia remained the most common STD, with more than 1.7 million diagnoses, 45 percent among 15- to 24-year-old women

  • Gonorrhea diagnoses increased 67 percent overall (from 333,004 to 555,608 cases)

  • Diagnoses of primary and secondary syphilis (the most infectious stages of the disease) rose 76 percent

Sourced from: CDC