STD's at an All-Time High in the U.S.

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Syphilis Tongue

Scribe:  Samuel Otis



American’s infected with sexually transmitted diseases is at an all-time high.  Chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis is striking young adults and teens the hardest. 

State and local budget cuts to STD prevention programs are believed to be the catalyst for the surge in cases, more than 50 percent of those are among people under the age of 25.  According to a new report syphilis infections have been increasing at a troubling rate.  There were 23,872 cases reported in 2015, nearly a 20 percent increase over the previous year.  90 percent of all syphilis cases are men. 

80 percent of male syphilis cases were reported among gay and bisexual males, men who have sex with men face a greater risk of being infected with syphilis. 

Gonorrhea is particularly troubling, due to it becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics.   There were 395,216 cases of gonorrhea and 1.5 million cases of chlamydia. 

Dr. Gail Bolan, the director for the Centers for Disease Control Division of STD Prevention said at a congressional briefing in April about the importance of local health departments, , "If that infrastructure gets eroded, people are more likely to have their STDs for a longer period of time, and that can lead to increased transmission."

STD’s potentially hold serious health consequences, including fertility problems and chronic pain in later years.  Syphilis can also be pass to children if their pregnant mothers have the disease, it could cause birth defects and even stillbirth.  

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