The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports sexually transmitted diseases are at an all-time high.
There were more reported cases of STDs last year than ever before in the U.S. According to the CDC’s report, rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis jumped between 2014 and 2015. Syphilis cases rose by 19 percent. Gonorrhea increased by about 13 percent. Chlamydia cases were up about 6 percent from 2014.
People 15 to 24 years old accounted for nearly two-thirds of the chlamydia diagnoses and half of the gonorrhea diagnoses in 2015.
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There’s also been a rise in syphilis rates among newborns who acquired the disease from their mothers. Congenital syphilis increased by 6 percent from 2014 to 2015.
While all three of the diseases the CDC tracked are curable, the CDC reports most of the infections went undiagnosed and untreated.
“STD prevention resources across the nation are stretched thin, and we’re beginning to see people slip through the public health safety net,” Dr. Jonathan Mermin, director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention said in a written statement.
More than 20 STD clinics across the country have fallen victim to state and local budget cuts and closed their doors.
Researchers warn gonorrhea specifically is becoming more difficult to treat as the bacterium that causes it is developing a resistance to antibiotics. They suggest increased testing, especially for young people and gay and bisexual men.