Thursday, 13 December, 2018

2017 set record for STD cases — CDC

Rates of the four most common STDs- chlamydia gonorrhea and syphilis- increased by 10 percent from 2013 to 2017 marking the fourth record-setting year for the diseases in a row Rates of three STDs in US reach record high, CDC says
Johnnie Parks | 30 August, 2018, 09:41

"We are sliding backward", declared Dr. Jonathan Mermin, the CDC's director of sexually transmitted diseases.

Chlamydia remained the most common STD with more than 1.7 million cases diagnosed, up from around 1.6 million the year before. "We are in the midst of an absolute STD public health crisis in this country". About 45 percent of cases were among young women aged 15 to 24.

Rates of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia have climbed for the fourth consecutive year in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday at the National STD Prevention Conference in Washington.

"If we're not teaching people how to keep themselves safe from sexually transmitted infections early, then we start to see these surges and increases in those rates", Rauch said.

Diagnoses of gonorrhea rose by 67 percent overall from 333,004 in 2013 to 555,608 cases, according to preliminary data for 2017.

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Gonorrhea diagnoses increased 67 percent overall and almost doubled among men. But often, the infections go undiagnosed and untreated, and may lead to infertility, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth in infants, and increased HIV risk.

"The field desperately needs new resources", he said.

A lack of sex education also is contributing to the spread of STDs, said Michael Fraser, executive director for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. However, 2017 saw the emergence of a "super gonorrhea" that is treatment resistant, and it's not inconceivable that the other diseases could evolve to resist antibiotics as well. Doctors typically prescribe a single shot of ceftriaxone that's followed by an oral dose of a different antibiotic, azithromycin.

The threat of untreatable gonorrhea persists in the United States, and reports of antibiotic resistant gonorrhea overseas have only reinforced those concerns. Azithromycin was added to help delay the development of resistance to ceftriaxone. Gonorrhea is of particular concern to health experts because it is on the verge of becoming untreatable.

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