STD Rates Hit New High
According to the CDC, rates of three sexually transmitted diseases—chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis—have reached new all-time highs in the U.S. Teens and young adults are at the highest risk—more than half of all cases of chlamydia and gonorrhea occur in people under the age of 25.
STDs can have serious long-term effects on health. They can cause pain and fertility problems. Women with syphilis who become pregnant can pass the infection on to the baby, causing birth defects and stillbirth.
Funding cuts for state and local STD care and prevention programs are largely to blame for the significant uptick in sexually transmitted infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Throughout the country, more than half of these programs have lost funding and in 2012, 20 health departments reportedly had to close their STD clinics.
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