CDC: 2017 set record for STD cases

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Diseases have seen a year-on-year rise for the last four, topping the record high set in 2016 by 200,000 to reach the 2.3 million mark in the US.

"After decades of declining STDs, in recent years we've been sliding backwards", Bolan said.

Officials announced the statistics at the National STD Prevention Conference in Washington, where they cautioned that the diagnosed cases represent only a small fraction of total cases.

"The U.S. continues to maintain the finest STD charges within the industrialized world", says David Harvey, executive director of the Nationwide Coalition of STD Administrators, "and it preys on presumably the most inclined amongst us".

Although all three of these conditions are curable with antibiotics, many cases go undiagnosed and untreated-potentially leading to severe health effects. More than 555,000 Americans contract gonorrhea annually, and all of them could face life-altering problems such as infertility and pelvic inflammatory disease if antibiotics stop working.

"An STD expert says that President Trump should declare this a public health crisis. Our nation urgently needs additional treatment options for gonorrhea". Diagnoses among women increased for the third consecutive year from 197,499 to 232,587.

One big challenge with these diseases is most people who carry them don't have any symptoms, so they aren't aware when they're passing them along to sexual partners. More than 1.7 million cases were diagnosed in 2017, with 45 percent among 15- to 24-year-old females.

Syphilis can be treated with antibiotics.

"These numbers make it clear that too many people aren't getting the health care and education they need in order to keep themselves healthy", said Dr. Gillian Dean, senior director of medical services at Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

Finally, the experts said that funding for public health response to STDs has diminished over the years.

The health department clinics give out free safe-sex items and have locations in Greene, Fluvanna, Louisa and Nelson counties. While she added that there has never been a "confirmed treatment failure" when using this recommended treatment, the worry is there may eventually be a strain of gonorrhea that does not respond to ceftriaxone.

The CDC officials are confident this situation is a outcome of inefficient work of Federal and local programs for the prevention of STDs. Doctors are also screening for STDs less often, in part, because young patients aren't aware they should be asking to be tested.

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