The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that there are about 110 million Americans infected with a sexually transmitted disease and that the incidence has raised lately.
Chlamydia is the Most Common S.T.D.
The most common S.T.D. is Chlamydia and it saw a rise from 2015 to 2016 of 4.7%, infecting the whole US, with rates higher in the South and rates lower in the Northeast. Chlamydia shows no symptoms so there might be more cases than reported. The ones more prone to Chlamydia are adolescent and young adult women with reports showing that 9.2% girls between 15 and 19 years old have Chlamydia and only 8% women between 20 and 24 years old are infected.
African-Americans have a lower rate – 3.5% and Native Americans and Alaska Natives with 6.4%. Still, chlamydia is a common disease in these groups and the rates rose through all races and ethnicities.
Gonorrhea Treatment Will Soon no Longer be Efficient due Resistance to Antibiotics
Gonorrhea infection rates have also increased to 22.2% in men and 13.8% in women. The most infected group – 92%, is the one with ages between 15 – 44 years old.
The recommended treatment is made from two antibiotics that the infected patients have to simultaneously take it: azithromycin and ceftriaxone. But the issue is that people become resistant to these antibiotics and will no longer be effective.
The director of S.T.D. prevention from the C.D.C. announced that they’re having trials for several drugs in order to provide an alternative to the existing treatment of Gonorrhea. Treatment trials take years until they’re proven if they are effective or not.
Syphilis Affects All Age Groups and Races, Even Babies
Syphilis has also grown among men and women from 2015 to 2016 and it is at its peak, similar to the year 1993. Almost 90% of American cases are men, and most of them are those who have intercourse with other men.
Nonetheless, all the age groups and races have experienced a rise in syphilis infection; even the number of babies that were born with syphilis has increased from 492 cases in 2015 to 628 in 2016.