STDs in America Hit an All-Time High in 2018

In a nutshell, the report revealed that there were 1.8 million cases of chlamydia in 2018 (a 19 percent increase since 2014); 583,405 cases of gonorrhea (a 63 percent increase since 2014); 35,063 cases in primary and secondary syphilis (a 71 percent increase since 2014); and 1,306 cases of congenital syphilis (a 185 percent increase since 2014).

Syphilis had the most dramatic spike over the 10-year period in terms of percentage; the 25,344 diagnoses represents a sharp rise of 265% from 2008, according to the report.

It's the most ever reported in a year, though the trend is mainly attributed to increased testing.

In total, the CDC reported 2.5 million cases of STDs in the USA in 2018. That's the highest number since 1991.

The CDC writes that "urgent action from all types of stakeholders is needed to help control the increases in STDs", and says that it is working to develop a federal action plan to stop the rise in rates. Scientists worry antibiotic resistance may be a factor. Since 2012, the number of infants diagnosed with the potentially lethal disease skyrocketed 900%. The agency said socioeconomic standing, as well as cuts to STD programs at the state and local level, have also contributed to the rise in illnesses. "Curbing STDs will improve the overall health of the nation and prevent infertility, HIV, and infant deaths".

'This goes beyond data and surveillance, beyond numbers and calculations - we lost 94 lives before they even began to an entirely preventable infection'.

With 1,306 cases of congenital syphilis reported, 2018 had the greatest number of these chronic infections since 1995.

The CDC officials say that transmissions of syphilis, as well as other STIs, is driven by impoverished areas and low condom use among young people and men who are gay or bisexual.

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