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Sexually transmitted disease cases hit record numbers, CDC says

30 September 2017

Syphilis rates rose by almost 18% from 2015 to 2016.

"Regarding decreased condom usage in the U.S. -Advocates from AHF were alarmed that the CDC.changed its longstanding prevention wording regarding condom usage from using the phrase "unprotected sex" to describe sex without a condom or some form of barrier protection, to now utilizing the phrase, "condomless sex" in official CDC documents and vernacular-a move that may suggest or imply to some that condomless sex is somehow protected against STD transmission", the AHF press release reads.

Ultimately, the stigma surrounding STDs needs to be shattered - the more we talk about STDs and normalize getting tested, particularly since these infections are treatable and common, the more we'll realize that this is just another part of caring for our sexual health.

The number of infants born with congenital syphilis increased for the fourth consecutive year, and by 43 percent over 2015 cases. Women are more likely to suffer from the disease, with a rate 1.6 times higher than men. While reported STDs increased across all California, San Francisco saw the sharpest increase in Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis over any other region. Men account for nearly 90 percent of cases, and most are among men who have sex with men.

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Sacramento County is among the 14 counties where Chlamydia rates were higher than the overall state rate and also one of the nine counties where gonorrhea is higher than the state rate. The disease has reached its highest level statewide since reporting first began in 1990. The majority of the infections affected men in their early to mid-thirties.

But according to the CDC's own report they're fully aware of the potential public health crisis. Over a quarter million STD cases were reported previous year. Health officials have said better testing and diagnosis have helped increased detection of cases, but also that treatment and prevention programs have been hurt by budget cuts.

Most of the reported chlamydia and gonorrhea cases in Clark County occurred for those aged 20-24, while syphilis occurred most commonly in the 25- to 29-year-olds.

Syphillis is the most serious std caused by bacteria.

Sexually transmitted disease cases hit record numbers, CDC says