Published: Thu, August 30, 2018
Health Care | By Belinda Paul

STDs hit all-time highs in U.S. for fourth straight year, CDC reports

STDs hit all-time highs in U.S. for fourth straight year, CDC reports

According to a CBS News report, concerns are also mounting that gonorrhea could soon become resistant to all current antibiotics, officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control said. An estimated 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis were diagnosed in the USA last year, capping a multiyear period of "steep and sustained increases in STDs", said the US health agency.

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"We are sliding backward", declared Dr. Jonathan Mermin, the CDC's director of sexually transmitted diseases. One CDC director says there have been "steep and sustained increases" in sexually transmitted diseases over the past five years, a "very concerning" trend that hasn't been seen in two decades.

It marks the fourth consecutive year of sharp increases in STDs, the CDC said.

"We used to think about what we can do with bathhouses and sex clubs to make sure people's risk was reduced", BHOC director Dan Wohlfeiler said in a Vox report last fall. More than 1.7 million cases were diagnosed in 2017, with 45 percent among 15- to 24-year-old females.

Primary and secondary syphilis, of which there were 30,644 diagnoses in 2017, represented a 76 percent increase.

"They realize that their sites could be stigmatized for being associated with STDs". Gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men accounted for almost 70 percent of cases where the the gender of the sex partner was known.

Gonorrhea diagnoses alone increased 67 percent and doubled among men.

Finally, the experts said that funding for public health response to STDs has diminished over the years.

Over the years, gonorrhea has become resistant to almost every class of antibiotics used against it. Ceftriaxone (Rocephin) now stands as the only antibiotic to retain high effectiveness against gonorrhea in the United States, the CDC says.

These STDs are curable with antibiotics, yet most cases go undiagnosed and untreated, according to the CDC.

"We expect gonorrhea will eventually wear down our last highly effective antibiotic, and additional treatment options are urgently needed", Bolan said.

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