Record number of STDs diagnosed in U.S. previous year

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According to newly published statistics, the rates of sexually transmitted infections such as chlamydia, syphilis and gonorrhea have dramatically increased in the last years.

The click conference turned into allotment of a CDC assembly on STD prevention in Washington this week.

"People have also gotten complacent with STIs", says infectious disease expert Amesh A. Adalja, MD, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.

"The United States continues to have the highest STD rates in the industrialized world", said David Harvey, executive director of the National Coalition of STD Directors.

Although all three of these conditions are curable with antibiotics, many cases go undiagnosed and untreated-potentially leading to severe health effects. The agency plans to publish its annual report about sexually transmitted diseases in late September.

"So this is something we are looking at as a community, so we are looking at what the best way are to fight what we consider a public health crisis". "Our nation urgently needs additional treatment options for gonorrhea", she says.

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That's higher than the 2016 record, and marks the fourth consecutive year of increases.

Most sexual diseases can be treated if properly diagnosed in the early stages. Nearly half of the cases were chlamydia, which was most commonly diagnosed in girls age 15-24.

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It is urgent for drugmakers to develop new antibiotics to treat it, Bolan said. 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.

CDC funding for prevention efforts has hovered around $157 million for the past 18 years, Harvey said. "It requires new commitment from the healthcare sector, scientists, industry, state and local health departments".

Doctors typically prescribe a single shot of ceftriaxone that's followed by an oral dose of a different antibiotic, azithromycin. Azithromycin has been used to stall resistance to ceftriaxone. If that happens, a strain of gonorrhea could someday surface that would be resistant to ceftriaxone. But while the CDC shared the data, it didn't reveal why STDs seem to be increasing so much, and at such a fast rate.

"We are sliding backward", Jonathan Mermin, M.D., M.P.H, director of CDC's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention said. "They don't realize that these diseases are spreading silently through the country".

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