Published: Fri, October 11, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Number of U.S. residents with STIs reaches record high in 2018

Number of U.S. residents with STIs reaches record high in 2018

Nevada ranked number 2 for Congenital Syphilis - which occurs when a mother with syphilis passes the disease on to her baby during pregnancy.

Gonorrhea increased 5% to more than 580,000 cases in the USA - also the highest number reported since 1991.

The CDC also reports STDs are on the rise in the United States, and cases of syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia reached an all-time high nationally a year ago. That's the most reported since 1991. The agency's study shows Nevada is reflecting the trend. The state had only a single reported case from 2013 through 2017. Taylor emphasized that these were number of cases, not individuals, as a person can be infected with multiple STDs or can be re-infected within a year with one or more STDs. When pregnant women with syphilis do not receive treatment, their babies might be born with congenital syphilis, resulting in stillbirths, preterm birth, and physical and mental disabilities, The Hill reports.

STDs can cause a number of serious health problems.

The Centers For Disease Control is now reporting that there has been a shocking rise in STDs across the United States since 2018.

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The CDC gives a handful of possible explanations for the increase in STD rates.

The increases coincided with public health funding cuts and clinic closures. All three diseases can be cured with antibiotics, but only if the patient seeks medical help.

Gail Bolan, CDC's director of STD prevention, in the report wrote, "The resurgence of syphilis, and particularly congenital syphilis, is not an arbitrary event, but rather a symptom of a deteriorating public health infrastructure and lack of access to health care".

Some STDs are becoming resistant to antibiotics previously used to treat them.

- USA infections from three sexually transmitted diseases have risen for the fifth consecutive year. Over the years, gonorrhea has become resistant to almost every class of antibiotics used against it. Ceftriaxone (Rocephin) now stands as the only antibiotic to retain high effectiveness against gonorrhea in the United States, the CDC says.

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