STD Infections In The U.S. Reach A Record High
For the fourth year in a row, federal health officials report that there has been a sharp increase in sexually transmitted diseases in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tallied nearly 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis in 2017 — an increase of 200,000 cases over the previous year, and a record high.
The rapid rise may be in part due to a decrease in condom use and mutating strains of infections that resist antibiotics.
“We have seen steep and sustained increases over the last five years,” Gail Bolan, director of the CDC’s Division of STD Prevention, told Reporters. “Usually there are ebbs and flows, but this sustained increase is very concerning.”
“We are sliding backward,” said Jonathan Mermin, director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention. “It is evident the systems that identify, treat, and ultimately prevent STDs are strained to near-breaking point.”
Nearly 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis were diagnosed in the United States in 2017, according to preliminary data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at the National STD Prevention Conference in Washington, D.C. Public health leaders, including individuals from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD), the University of Alabama’s School of Medicine, and CDC – gather onsite to discuss the new findings and how to counter the country’s STD epidemic.
- Press Release: New CDC analysis shows steep and sustained increases in STDs in recent years
- Infographic: Visual depiction of new STD data and the dangers of untreated STDs, as well as continued concerns about drug-resistant gonorrhea