Sexually-transmitted diseases continue to hit all-time highs in the USA with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting a 10 percent spike for chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis in 2017.
Chlamydia is the most commonly reported STD with nearly 1.7 million cases in 2017, up from just over 1.4 million in 2013. More than 1.7 million cases were diagnosed in 2017, with 45 percent among 15- to 24-year-old females. That number is 200,000 more than the previous record set in 2016.
"It is evident the systems that identify, treat, and ultimately prevent STDs are strained to near-breaking point".
Rates of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia have climbed for the fourth consecutive year in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday at the National STD Prevention Conference in Washington.
Between 2013 and 2017, syphilis diagnoses spiked 76 percent, going from 17,375 to 30,644 cases.
Americans are increasingly contracting sexually transmitted diseases at a steep and steady rate.
The new numbers from the CDC show that chlamydia is common, but there is a concerning rise in cases of gonorrhea and syphilis.
Gonorrhea cases increased 67 percent, rising from 333,004 to 555,608 diagnoses.
"The vast majority of individuals who have a sexually transmitted infection, they have no idea that they're even carrying", University of Indianapolis director of public health Heidi Hancher-Rauch said. Reported cases of three well-known STDs all increased between 2016 and 2017.
Experts are anxious that azithromycin-resistant genes in some gonorrhea strains could cross over into gonorrhea that is not as susceptible to ceftriaxone. "We haven't seen anything like this for two decades".
If untreated, these diseases can affect a couple's ability to get pregnant, cause ectopic pregnancy and stillbirth, promote chronic pain in the pelvis or abdomen, and increase a person's risk of contracting or transmitting HIV, the CDC noted.
A new report from the CDC says STDs are on the rise across the country.