According to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were a record-high 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis diagnosed in the USA in 2017.
"It is time that President Trump and Secretary Azar declare STDs in America a public health crisis".
All three of the diseases are treatable but woman could suffer from permanent damage to the reproductive system and men to the prostate if not addressed.
Within the state of OR, recent STD data shows-while the rate of HIV remained flat OR even decreased between 2006 and 2015-rates of gonorrhea that were falling in 2006 have spiked dramatically since 2010, while cases of early syphilis have risen slowly since that year.
Most STDs go undiagnosed and untreated, the CDC said, which can cause infertility, stillbirth and an increased risk of HIV.
Further complicating matters, gonorrhea is increasingly resistant to antibiotic treatment.
The findings were released during the National STD Prevention Conference that is underway in Washington. Nearly half of the cases were chlamydia, which was most commonly diagnosed in girls age 15-24. More than 1.7 million cases were diagnosed in 2017, with 45 percent among 15- to 24-year-old females.
According to the latest data on STIs rated in the USA, between 2013 and 2017, syphilis rates surged by 76 percent, soaring from 17,375 confirmed cases to 30,644 by the end of the a year ago. Diagnoses among women increased for the third consecutive year from 197,499 to 232,587.
The number of STD cases surpassed the 2016 record by more than 200,000 and marked the fourth year in a row for increased cases, according to the CDC.
In the past year, cases of primary and secondary syphilis grew more than 10%. That's up from 1 percent in 2013. Bolan moreover worries that Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the bacterium that causes gonorrhea is popping into immune to the antibiotic azithromycin, which is allotment of the advised remedy regimen. Almost 7 in 10 infections occurred among men who are gay or bisexual.
In 2015, CDC began recommending health care providers prescribe a single shot of ceftriaxone accompanied by an oral dose of azithromycin to people diagnosed with gonorrhea.
"The field desperately needs new resources", he said.
Gail Bolan, director of the CDC's STD prevention division, said doctors and patients need to discuss STD risks and testing more frequently.
Yet it's a quick fix we too easily take for granted, and with drug-resistant strains of gonorrhoea rapidly spreading across the globe, we could soon be forced to deal with a shocking crisis.