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There were more reported cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in 2015 than ever before, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.)
The agency’s annual report indicated that rates of America’s most commonly reported STDs – chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis – increased between 2014 by 2015; marking the second consecutive year that rates have increased.
The greatest increase came in primary and secondary syphilis, which rose by 19 percent to 24,000 reported cases. Gonorrhea climbed by 12.8 percent to 400,000 reported cases. And chlamydia increased by 5.9 percent to 1.5 million reported cases, or in other words, the “highest number of annual cases of any condition ever reported.”
“We have reached a decisive moment for the nation,” said Dr. Jonathan Mermin, director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, in a statement.
Those facing the greatest risk of STD infection, according to the CDC report, are young people, gay men and bisexual men. Americans between the ages of 15 and 24 accounted for almost two thirds of chlamydia diagnoses last year, while gay men accounted for the majority of new gonorrhea and syphilis cases.
Routine STD testing is essential for people who are sexually active, said the CDC. The report includes screening recommendations for women under the age of 25, pregnant women and gay and bisexual men.
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