Washington, D.C (CTZNSIX) –
The Center for Disease Control has reports that the fight against Sexually Transmitted Diseases in America hasn’t been going our way. For the fifth consecutive year, combined cases of Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, and Syphilis have increased according to the Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report published Tuesday (Oct. 8).
Elizabeth Torrone, an Epidemiologist for the CDC states that they have recorded “the most cases ever” since they began monitoring in the U.S. Terrone, who also worked on the new report, shared, “combined they total 2.4 million infections that were diagnosed and reported just in last year alone.” Not only are the infection rates alarming alone, but these diseases pose many health concerns including infertility drug-resistant gonorrhea and congenital syphilis, which causes infant death, in some cases.
Believe it or not, we were making great strides to prevent these infections. That progress has waned, researchers share. “Yet not that long ago, gonorrhea rates were at historic lows, syphilis was close to elimination, and we were able to point to advances in STD prevention,” says Dr. Gail Bolan, director of the CDC’s Division of STD Prevention. “That progress has since unraveled. The number of reported syphilis cases is climbing after being largely on the decline since 1941, and gonorrhea rates are now increasing. Many young women continue to have undiagnosed chlamydial infections, putting them at risk for infertility.”
Simply stated, the rise in infections is due to the recent surge of testings coupled with the recent decline in condom use. Reported cases tend to be higher in adolescents and young adults.
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