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STD Rates Rising Among Military Population

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Data from the Military Times shows that STDs are rising among members of the U.S. military.

In just the past month, the Navy has reported nine new cases of syphilis, matching the number of giardia, Lyme disease, and salmonella combined. This is indicative of the overall prevalence of the disease in the U.S. Military as a whole.

Soaring Syphilis, STD Rates in the U.S. Military

From 2010-2015, the number of syphilis cases has risen 41%. 2,976 troops were diagnosed in that period, per data from the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center. The majority of cases — 92% — were reported in males.


24.4% of troops with syphilis were also HIV positive.


Fortunately, many of the syphilis cases were caught in early stages, so treatment could be pursued. Primary and secondary symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Painless sores
  • Headache
  • Weight loss

Late-stage symptoms include:

  • Numbness
  • Dementia
  • Problems coordinating muscle movement

Despite the recent increase in syphilis cases, it is surprisingly not the most common STD among the military. Human papillomavirus, chlamydia, herpes, and gonorrhea all top the list.

If you’re a member of the armed forces or a civilian worried about your STD status, visit your nearest TEST SMARTLY LABS for accurate, confidential STD testing.

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