STD rates on the rise among young adults

Posted August 30, 2018

THE WRONG DIRECTION. According to the CDC, the USA saw just under 2.3 million people diagnosed with syphilis, gonorrhea, or chlamydia in 2017. STDs affect individuals of all ages, but most of the new cases each year occur in 15 to 24-year-olds. That surpasses the previous record set in 2016 by more than 200,000 cases.

Gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) made up nearly 70 percent of primary and secondary syphilis cases where the gender of the sex partner is known in 2017.

"It is time that President Trump and Secretary Azar declare STDs in America a public health crisis", adding that emergency access to funding is also needed to bring these rates down.

Chlamydia remained the most common condition, with more than 1.7 million cases diagnosed in 2017.

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Gonorrhea diagnoses alone increased 67 percent and doubled among men.

There are concerns that the rise in syphilis might be linked to the opioid epidemic, with David Harvey from the National Coalition of STD Directors theorising that the numbers could be the result of women exchanging sex for drugs.

Health officials have issued stark warnings as data reveals that sexually transmitted infections are soaring in the US.

In a statement, the CDC said that the diseases are usually curable with the help of antibiotics, however, if left untreated the infection can lead to infertility, stillbirth in infants, and even an increased risk of HIV.

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Experts are anxious that azithromycin-resistant genes in some gonorrhea strains could cross over into gonorrhea that is not as susceptible to ceftriaxone.

A new report from the CDC says STDs are on the rise across the country.

Bolan cited another troubling statistic about the looming threat of antibiotic resistance regarding gonorrhea treatment.

"State and local STD programs are working with effectively half the budget they had in the early 2000s", Harvey said. "If our representatives are serious about protecting American lives, they will provide adequate funding to address this crisis".

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