Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

STD rates are climbing in the US

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Isabel Fisher | 31 August, 2018, 16:32

Gonorrhea cases increased 67 percent, rising from 333,004 to 555,608 diagnoses. Just under half of these were among women aged 15 to 24. Infections among men almost doubled, and cases among women increased for the third year in a row.

Diagnoses of primary and secondary syphilis (the most infectious stages of the disease) increased 76 percent, with gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men making up nearly 70 percent of cases.

There's not enough screening for sexually transmitted diseases, particularly among young people who are most vulnerable, Harvey said.

Officials announced the statistics at the National STD Prevention Conference in Washington, where they cautioned that the diagnosed cases represent only a small fraction of total cases. It's less clear whether dating apps, like Tinder, have contributed in some way to the spread of STDs, though some researchers think they have. Barnes said. "What that might be and why, we don't exactly know, but it would be interesting to do a data brief and find out". We need policymakers to invest in making STD testing and treatment more accessible for everyone, rather than less. To help increase awareness and education on campus, Rauch says the public health department sends students out to have tough conversations with their peers about safety. When you combine this with a lack of funding to fight against STDs, it's no surprise that 2017 was a record-breaking year for sexually transmitted diseases.

Doctors have found success in treating gonorrhea with the antibiotic Ceftriaxone.


The CDC officials are confident this situation is a effect of inefficient work of Federal and local programs for the prevention of STDs.

But gonorrhea appears to be developing new resistance against azithromycin, raising concerns that the dual therapy approach could crumble in the future. 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.

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. "They don't realize that these diseases are spreading silently through the country".

"We expect gonorrhoea will eventually wear down our last highly effective antibiotic, and additional treatment options are urgently needed", says Gail Bolan, M.D., director of CDC's Division of STD Prevention.

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