Department of Health and Human Services have urged its
sexually-active residents to get regular STD testing after they’ve
seen an increase in the number of sexually transmitted diseases hit
the 2017 Michigan Annual STD Summary Report, there was a rise in
syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia, which mirrors the national trends
noted in the surveillance report the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention released. Where STDs were on the decline, they are now
rising at an alarming rate.
2008, Michigan saw up to 50,000 cases a year in chlamydia, but it
rose to 51,000 in 2017. Gonorrhea cases were dropping between 2008
and 2014 but rose 60 percent in the last three years. A 20 percent
increase was noted in 2017. Syphilis rates dropped 25 percent after
an outbreak in 2013 but increased by 28 percent in 2017.
of the cases are being reported by African men and women, teenagers
and gay or bisexual men.
symptoms for men, which include discharge, sores, rashes or burning
while peeing, often resolve themselves without treatment
intervention. However, they are still infected and can spread the
disease to other people. Most females have no outward symptoms.
can cure all three diseases, but most go undiagnosed and untreated,
which could lead to even more health problems such as ectopic
pregnancy, infertility, stillbirth and an increase in HIV infections.
Chief Executive Dr. Eden Wells said the majority of infected people
do not know they are infected and pass their disease onto others.
For the STD transmission rate to slow down, sexually active
individuals are encouraged to get regular screenings. Wells said
people are urged to speak with their doctor or other healthcare
providers about testing or to get treatment from a local health
works in collaboration with health care providers, local health
departments, community-based organizations and pharmacists to
properly screen and treat people to protect their health and to stop
the spread of STDs.
Wells said it’s important people understand the risk, abstain from sex, reduce their number of partners and always use condoms to slow down the spread of these diseases.