Why Is The U.S. Seeing A Rampant Rise In The Number of STD Cases

Why Is The U.S. Seeing A Rampant Rise In The Number of STD Cases

Accord­ing to new Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion data, STD rates have reached stag­ger­ing, record highs two years in a row. The num­ber of STD cas­es have increased dra­mat­i­cal­ly over the past four years with cas­es of gon­or­rhea, chlamy­dia and syphilis going even higher. 

Experts say the head­line isn’t about scar­ing peo­ple but mak­ing them think before get­ting sex­u­al­ly involved with some­one. Dr. Adeeti-Gup­ta is a New York board-cer­ti­fied ob-gyn who said the find­ings is cre­at­ing cause for alarm for people’s health. Accord­ing to Dr. Gup­ta, the prob­lem should be con­sid­ered a pub­lic cri­sis espe­cial­ly in a time where treat­ments are so read­i­ly available. 

Why are there so many STD cas­es these days? And, how can one pro­tect them­selves from get­ting an STD?

For the last four years, the amount of the big three – syphilis, gon­or­rhea and chlamy­dia – have been steadi­ly increas­ing in the U.S., hit­ting a record high in 2016. How­ev­er, the lat­est CDC infor­ma­tion shows that 2017 had a record num­ber of STD cas­es. Just last year alone, there were 2.3 mil­lion new cas­es of the above-men­tioned dis­eases (or about 200,000 more than 2016).

Why is this such a concern?

Since 2013, there has been a 67 per­cent increase in gon­or­rhea cas­es and a 76 per­cent increase in the num­ber of syphilis cas­es. This is what health offi­cials are so wor­ried about.

Accord­ing to an NPR report, the U.S. appears to have the high­est sex­u­al­ly trans­mit­ted dis­ease rates of all devel­oped nations.

On top of the rise in STDs is the emer­gence of antibi­ot­ic-resis­tant STDs also known as super­bugs. Accord­ing to doc­tors, there are sev­er­al drugs that can treat syphilis, chlamy­dia and gon­or­rhea but there are also strains of drug-resis­tant syphilis and gonorrhea.

Sim­ply put, the pos­si­bil­i­ty of untreat­able STDs is close at hand. In a press release, Dr. Gail Bolan­with the CDC’s Divi­sion of STD Pre­ven­tion said gon­or­rhea is like­ly to wear down the last effec­tive antibi­ot­ic the world cur­rent­ly has. She said this is not the time to let down defens­es and rein­force efforts to quick­ly detect and treat the condition.


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