Steep Rise Of STDs In USA – Centers For Disease Control And Prevention Warns

by NCN Health And Science Team Posted on September 28th, 2017

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a press release on tuesday (26th September 2017) said a survey has revealed that in in 2016, more than 2 million Americans have been diagnosed with a saxually transmitted disease (STD) including infections such as gonorrhea, syphilis and Chlamydia. This is one of the highest numbers that have been detected till date the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

The press release was an accompaniment with the CDC’s annual Saxually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report. The report found that there were over 1.6 million of the new cases of Chlamydia infection. Further 470,000 were diagnosed with gonorrhea and approximately 28,000 cases of primary and secondary syphilis were diagnosed during this time. CDC warned that these infections are easily transmitted via unprotected sax and of these, secondary syphilis is one of the most dangerous since persons with this infection are undiagnosed and often untreated. CDC report adds that these three infections – Chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis need to be reported by physicians by law. If other STDs such as herpes, HIV and several other infections are included in this survey, the numbers may cross 20 million new cases of STDs in United States annually. Around one in two of the cases occur among the youth between ages of 15 and 24 years.

Dr. Gail Bolan, director of CDC’s Division of STD Prevention called this a “disturbing trend” saying that there is an urgent need to reverse this. He said that this is not something that the CDC can do on its own without the full cooperation of the communities in America. He explained that one way to prevent STDs is to improve awareness and public education.

“All communities should be aware of the risks of transmission of these infections” he said.

David Harvey, executive director of the National Coalition of STD Directors, which includes the state, local and territorial health departments that work towards STD prevention, called the situation “out of control”. He said that this situation has “enormous health implications” for Americans.  Harvey said each of these three STD infections gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis can lead to serious complications and outcomes including neurological problems (syphilis), infertility (Chlamydia and gonorrhea) and also raise the risk of acquiring HIV infection.

Dr. Jonathan Mermin, director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention called this a “growing threat” and called STDs a “persistent enemy, growing in number, and outpacing our ability to respond”.

United States had almost eliminated syphilis when the advent of antibiotics meant the elimination of the infection. But these new numbers reveal that it has ceased to be the “disease of the past” with an increase of almost 18% between 2015 and 2016 with the maximum rise among homosaxual men. The infection can also pass on to babies at childbirth. This is called congenital syphilis. Around 628 cases of congenital syphilis have been reported in 2016. There have been 40 deaths and health complications due to syphilis in these babies. Harvey says that for the first time in last many years more cases of babies with congenital syphilis are seen compared to babies born with HIV. This means women are not being tested and treated for syphilis during their antenatal checkups. He called this an “unconscionable situation”.

Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and Syphilis

These three infections are saxually transmitted and have long term consequences in many individuals if not properly diagnosed and treated.

Chlamydia

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that’s easily cured with antibiotic medicine. It’s one of the most common STDs, and most people who have chlamydia don’t show any symptoms.

Chlamydia is a common bacterial infection that you can get from saxual contact with another person. Close to 3 million Americans get it every year, most commonly among 14-24-year-olds.

Chlamydia is spread through virginial, anal, and oral sax. The infection is carried in semen (cum), pre-cum, and virginial fluids. Chlamydia can infect the panis, virginia, cervix, anus, urethra, eyes, and throat. Most people with chlamydia don’t have any symptoms and feel totally fine, so they might not even know they’re infected.

Chlamydia can be easily cleared up with antibiotics. But if you don’t treat chlamydia, it may lead to major health problems in the future. That’s why STD testing is so important — the sooner you know you have chlamydia, the faster you can cure it. You can prevent chlamydia by using condoms every time you have sax.

Chlamydia is usually spread during saxual contact with someone who has the infection. It can happen even if no one cums. The main ways people get chlamydia are from having virginial sax and anal sax, but it can also be spread through oral sax.

Rarely, you can get chlamydia by touching your eye if you have infected fluids on your hand. Chlamydia can also be spread to a baby during birth if the mother has it.

Chlamydia isn’t spread through casual contact, so you CAN’T get chlamydia from sharing food or drinks, kissing, hugging, holding hands, coughing, sneezing, or sitting on the toilet.

Using condoms and/or dental dams every time you have sax is the best way to help prevent chlamydia.

Gonorrhea

Gonorrhea is a common bacterial infection that’s easily cured with antibiotic medicine. It’s saxually transmitted, and most people with gonorrhea don’t have symptoms. Gonorrhea is a very common saxually transmitted infection, especially for teens and people in their 20s. Gonorrhea is sometimes called “the clap” or “the drip.”

Gonorrhea is spread through virginial, anal, and oral sax. The infection is carried in semen (cum), pre-cum, and virginial fluids. Gonorrhea can infect your panis, virginia, cervix, anus, urethra, throat, and eyes (but that’s rare). Most people with gonorrhea don’t have any symptoms and feel totally fine, so they might not even know they’re infected.

Gonorrhea is usually easily cured with antibiotics. But if you don’t treat gonorrhea early enough, it can lead to more serious health problems in the future. That’s why STD testing is so important — the sooner you know you have gonorrhea, the faster you can get rid of it.

You can help prevent gonorrhea by using condoms every time you have sax. People usually get gonorrhea from having unprotected sax with someone who has the infection. Gonorrhea is spread when semen (cum), pre-cum, and virginial fluids get on or inside your genitals, anus, or mouth. Gonorrhea can be passed even if the panis doesn’t go all the way in the virginia or anus.

The main ways people get gonorrhea are from having virginial sax, anal sax, or oral sax. You can also get gonorrhea by touching your eye if you have infected fluids on your hand. Gonorrhea can also be spread to a baby during birth if the mother has it.


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Gonorrhea isn’t spread through casual contact, so you cannot get it from sharing food or drinks, kissing, hugging, holding hands, coughing, sneezing, or sitting on toilet seats.

Many people with gonorrhea don’t have any symptoms, but they can still spread the infection to others. So using condoms and/or dental dams every time you have sax is the best way to help prevent gonorrhea — even if you and your partner seem totally healthy.

Syphilis

Syphilis is a common bacterial infection that’s spread through virginial, anal, and oral sax. Syphilis is easily cured with antibiotic medicine, but it can cause permanent damage if you don’t get treated. Syphilis is serious — but it can be cured. Syphilis causes sores on your genitals (called chancres). The sores are usually painless, but they can easily spread the infection to other people. You get syphilis from contact with the sores. A lot of people with syphilis don’t notice the sores and feel totally fine, so they might not know they have it.

Syphilis can infect your virginia, anus, panis, or scrotum, and sometimes your lips and mouth. You can help prevent syphilis by using condoms and/or dental dams every time you have sax.

Syphilis can be easily cured with medication if you treat it early. But without treatment, it leads to really serious, permanent problems like brain damage, paralysis, and blindness. That’s why STD testing is so important — the sooner you know you have syphilis, the faster you can get rid of it.

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