Sexually-Transmitted Infections (a.k.a. STDs) at All-Time High in U.S.
CNN recently reported that last year in the U.S., there were more sexually-transmitted infections recorded than ever before. The latest STD Surveillance Report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), shows the rates for the 3 most commonly reported STIs – chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis – reached all-time high infection rates between 2014 and 2015. Reported cases rose by 5.9%, 12.8% and 19% respectively.
The bad news is that these statistics include only the cases that were reported via state and local officials. It does not take into account that most of these infections are going undiagnosed and untreated – leading to further infection of the population.
What We Can Do:
Typically these STIs can be treated with antibiotics. Left untreated, these STIs can cause significant health issues later in life. For example, both chlamydia and syphilis have been linked to reproductive issues.
Nearly 20 million of the new cases that were reported were among 15 to 24 year olds. To help reverse this epidemic, young women can learn to talk more openly with their partners and their physician – and take preventative measures like getting screened. Learn more:
The Lowdown on How To Prevent Sexually Transmitted Diseases (CDC)