Rising STD Rates in U.S. Signal ‘Public Health Crisis’

Sexually transmitted disease (STD) diagnoses have increased every year since 2013, with the number of new STD diagnoses the highest ever in 2017, CDC researchers found.

There were 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis diagnosed in 2017, with syphilis diagnoses up by 76% and gonorrhea diagnoses up by 67% since 2013, according to preliminary data released by the CDC at the National STD Prevention Conference in Washington.

At a press briefing, Gail Bolan, MD, director of the CDC division of STD prevention, characterized this as a “continuation of a persistent and troubling trend,” particularly noting that rates of diagnosis for gonorrhea “nearly doubled” among men and increased one-fifth among women, “something we haven’t seen in a long time,” she added.Bolan added that screening needs to be “routine care” and that providers and patients need to be having that conversation about testing.

Bolan cited another troubling statistic about the looming threat of antibiotic resistance regarding gonorrhea treatment. The CDC currently recommends a two-dose therapy for gonorrhea consisting of an intramuscular dose of ceftriaxone — the only “highly effective” antibiotic used to treat gonorrhea in the U.S. — and oral azithromycin.

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