Bad news from the CDC: for the first time in almost 10 years, STD rates are on the rise among three common sexually transmitted diseases.
Cases of chlamydia, syphilis, and gonorrhea all increased in 2014. The number of chlamydia cases, 1.4 million, is also the highest number of any STD cases ever reported to the CDC.
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STD Rates Rising: Here’s What You Should Know
According to the CDC’s data, the number of chlamydia cases in the US rose to 1.4 million in 2014, marking a 2.8% increase since 2013 and the highest reported rate ever.
Syphilis & Gonorrhea
Rates of syphilis and gonorrhea are also up 15% and 5%, respectively, with 350,000 reported cases of gonorrhea and 20,000 of syphilis.
Experts agree that there are several groups most vulnerable to these diseases. They include gay and bisexual men, who experienced the highest syphilis rates, as well as young people and women. In 2014, people ages 15 – 24 accounted for almost 66% of reported chlamydia and gonorrhea rates, when the average is typically 50%. This is troubling because many young people lack access to healthcare or insurance despite their biological susceptibility to STDs.
However, recently, the increase in STDs has mostly occurred among men, underscoring the need for more male education on STD prevention and safe sex.
Stopping STD Rate Increases
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