A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows STDs on the rise for the third year in a row, with more than over two million new cases of gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia reported last year — the highest number ever.
Aside from the social stigma that comes with contracting an STD, the scary reality is, when left untreated, STDs can lead to some serious health concerns. “STDs are out of control with enormous health implications for Americans,” David Harvey, executive director of the National Coalition of STD Directors explains to CNN. “If not treated, gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis can have serious consequences, such as infertility, neurological issues, and an increased risk for HIV.”
STDs On the Rise Across the Nation
According to the new CDC report, 2016 Sexually Transmitted Diseases Surveillance, documented cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis nationwide. Chlamydia was the most commonly reported STD, with women between the ages of 15 and 24 accounting for nearly half of those cases. But syphilis rates also rose nearly 18 percent between 2015 and 2016, and reported cases of gonorrhea rose among both men and women last year.
Interestingly, the CDC found that the prevalence of human papillomavirus (HPV) has decreased among young females since the introduction of the HPV vaccine nearly a decade ago. The data also revealed that among the overall US population, the annual rate of HIV infection decreased by 10 percent from 2010 to 2014.
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