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Chlamydia Is the Most-Reported Condition to the CDC

posted: 11/20/15
by: Discovery.com Staff
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For the first time in nearly a decade, new cases of the three nationally tracked sexually transmitted diseases -- chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis -- have increased, the Centers for Disease Control announced this week.

In 2014, the agency received approximately 1.8 million reports of new cases, although experts caution that there are likely far more cases that go undetected or unreported.

Of those 1.8 million cases, a staggering 1.4 million were chlamydia cases, a 2.8% increase over 2013. The agency notes, "The approximately 1.4 million cases of chlamydia represent the highest number of annual cases of any condition ever reported to CDC."

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Reported gonorrhea cases rose 5.1%; primary and secondary syphilis cases rose 15.1%.

Sexually transmitted diseases continue to disproportionately impact young people, with 15-to-24-year-olds accounting for more than half of gonorrhea and chlamydia cases. Infections amongst gay and bisexual men were also on the rise.

"The consequences of STDs are especially severe for young people," Gail Bolan, M.D., director of CDC's Division of STD Prevention, explains. "Because chlamydia and gonorrhea often have no symptoms, many infections go undiagnosed and this can lead to lifelong repercussions for a woman's reproductive health, including pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility."

The agency points to regular testing and preventative educational programs as being key in preventing the spread of STDs.

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