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The rates of Syphilis, Gonorrhea, and Chlamydia have been rising for four consecutive years. On Tuesday, the nUnited States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the number of Syphilis, Gonorrhea, and Chlamydia cases have risen for four consecutive years. Preliminary data also shows there were 2.3 million sexually transmitted disease cases recorded in the U.S. last year.
These numbers break the 2016 record by more than 200,000 cases nationwide. Between 2013 and 2017 Gonorrhea has increased by 67 percent to 555,608 cases, Syphilis has increased by 76 percent to 30,644 cases and Chlamydia has increased by 22 percent to 1.7 million cases.
There are five key components to the rise in STDs which include: there are more men having condom-less sex with men, women who are infected are passing STFs to their babies, the rise of dating apps is making sex more available and harder for health investigators to track outbreaks, the lack of funding in STD clinics and the inability to detect STDS that show no symptoms like chlamydia in women.
At the National STD Convention Conference the preliminary information was presented and more details will be provided on Thursday. The convention will involve discussions between health care professionals, scientist and other experts about how to eliminate the STD epidemic.
Written By: Fantasia Harvey