Sexually transmitted diseases on the rise across nation: CDC

Sexually transmitted diseases on the rise across nation: CDC

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are persistently on the rise across the United States, with gay and bisexual men at the highest risk, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) warned in its latest report.

According to the CDC report, more than 1.5 million cases of chlamydia, nearly 400,000 cases of gonorrhea, and roughly 24,000 cases of primary & secondary syphilis were reported during 2015. Cases of primary & secondary syphilis jumped 19 per cent year-over-year, while reported cases of gonorrhea increased 12.8 per cent.

The report also revealed that gay and bisexual men, and people in the age group of 15 to 24 years, are at the highest risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease.

The federal agency said in the report, “The resurgence of congenital syphilis and the increasing impact of syphilis among gay and bisexual men makes it clear that many Americans are not getting the preventive services they need … sexually active gay and bisexual men should be tested for syphilis at least once a year.”

Wisconsin saw a 9 per cent rise in reports of STDs last year. It was lower than the national average rate. Reported cases of chlamydia were recorded at 23,945, while gonorrhea and syphilis grew to 5,253 and 261 cases, respectively.

Stephanie Smiley, the director of the communicable diseases bureau in the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, stressed on the need to educate and make people aware about risks of unprotected sex to change the trend.


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