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2013 STD Report Released

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released the 2013 STD Report detailing the prevalence of STDs in America.

Here’s what you need to know about US STD trends and how the details have changed approaches to STD prevention.

2013 in STDs

Gonorrhea & Chlamydia Prevalent Among the YoungYoung Couple

While there was a decrease in the percentage of reported cases of gonorrhea and chlamydia, the CDC is still troubled by the fact that these STDs are highest among sexually active young adults. 34% of all reported cases of gonorrhea were among 15 – 24 year olds and 39% of all cases of chlamydia.

Since young women are at risk for dangerous long-term health problems, like infertility and even life-threatening ectopic pregnancies, gonorrhea and chlamydia are particularly of concern to females. In fact, the CDC says that undiagnosed STDs cause 24,000 women a year to become infertile.

Syphilis High Among Gay & Bisexual Men

2013 data also shows that men who have sex with men (MSM) make up 75% of all cases of primary and secondary syphilis, which are the most infectious stages of the STD. If left untreated at these stages, syphilis can cause long-term infection, increasing a person’s risk for getting and spreading HIV. In fact, the CDC estimates around 50% of MSM with syphilis also have HIV. Since 2012, the rate of MSM who are diagnosed with syphilis has risen by 10%, compared to steady levels among men who have sex with women and women.

Behavioral, environmental, social, and economic factors play into the higher rate of syphilis among MSM. Homophobia and the stigma of STDs can make it difficult for MSM to get the STD testing or treatment they need.

Get STD Testing!

The one part of the CDC’s report that has remained consistent through the years is that STD testing is crucial for our country’s sexual health.

Sexually active women under 25 or women who have sex with multiple sex partners should pursue annual STD testingĀ for chlamydia and gonorrhea. Pregnant women should request STD tests for HIV, chlamydia, syphilis, and hepatitis B early in the pregnancy; pregnant women with new or multiple sex partners should add gonorrhea testing to the list.

Gay, bisexual, and other MSM who are sexually active should ask for STD testing at least once a year for the following STDs: syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and HIV. If you are a man with a higher STD risk, you may require more frequent STD testing.

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