STDs have rapid rise in United States, set new record

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THE WRONG DIRECTION. According to the CDC, the USA saw just under 2.3 million people diagnosed with syphilis, gonorrhea, or chlamydia in 2017. 45 percent of those cases involved females from 15-24. In 2016, we saw roughly 200,000 fewer cases compared to 2017, and back in 2013, the number was 600,000 less than 2017's figure.

"We are sliding backward", declared Dr. Jonathan Mermin, the CDC's director of sexually transmitted diseases.

PREVENTION TREATMENT. This trio of STDs can lead to infertility, stillbirths, ectopic pregnancies, and a host of other conditions if left untreated.

There's a pretty straightforward reason for these increases, according to David C. Harvey, executive director of the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD), a public health organization representing individuals and groups working to prevent the spread of STDs.

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Health officials have issued stark warnings as data reveals that sexually transmitted infections are soaring in the US.

CDC funding for prevention efforts has hovered around $157 million for the past 18 years, Harvey said. Gonorrhea cases alone jumped a shocking 67 percent from the number in 2013, according to the analysis presented at the CDC's 2018 STD Prevention Conference in Washington.

Primary and secondary syphilis diagnoses increased 76 percent (from 17,375 to 30,644 cases).

Men who have sex with men made up nearly 70 percent of syphilis cases.

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The spike has also been blamed on lower condom usage and antibiotic-resistant strains of diseases.

Currently, the disease has become resistant to nearly every antibiotic available, with only ceftriaxone proving to be an effective way to treat gonorrhea, and that may soon come to an end.

The diseases are soaring among heterosexual men along with pregnant women and their babies, according to the report.

It began recommending healthcare providers prescribe a single shot of ceftriaxone along with an oral dose of azithromycin - a prescription medication used to treat bacterial infections - to treat gonorrhea in 2015, in order to help delay the development of resistance to ceftriaxone.

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