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CDC sounds alarm on STDs

Chlamydia continues surge; gonorrhea and syphilis change course

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12:49pm, November 14, 2016
syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia

SURVEY SAYS  New estimates of the rates of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia infections (causal bacteria shown from left) are just a snapshot of a larger epidemic. In the U.S., there are more than 110 million people with a sexually transmitted disease at any point in time and about 20 million new infections every year. 

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Three common sexually transmitted diseases reached a combined 20-year high in 2015, according to a report released October 19 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

U.S. teenagers and young adults account for nearly two-thirds of the more than 1.5 million reported cases of chlamydia and half of the roughly 400,000 gonorrhea diagnoses. Syphilis, the least prevalent of the three, rose almost 18 percent from 2014 to 2015.

“The 2015 data make clear that many Americans are not getting the preventative services they need,” Eloisa Llata, a CDC medical epidemiologist who coauthored the report, wrote in an e-mail.

Reports of STDs on the rise

A surge in cases of three common STDs last year suggests that Americans — especially young adults, women and gay and bisexual men — aren’t getting the healthcare they need, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. 

Citations

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance 2015. Published online October 19, 2016.

Further Reading

B. Vastag. Tenacious STD: Drug-resistant gonorrhea is spreading. Science News. Vol. 171, April 21, 2007, p. 245.

N. Seppa. Virus Stopper: Herpes drug dampens HIV infection. Science News. Vol. 171, February 24, 2007, p. 116.

N. Seppa. More Evidence of Protection: Circumcision reduces STD risk in men. Science News. Vol. 170, November 18, 2006, p. 325.

N. Seppa. Proof of Protection: Condoms limit infection by cervical cancer virus. Science News. Vol. 169, June 24, 2006, p. 387.

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