Government officials are warning that the epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases in the U.S. is increasing as the most common infection, chlamydia, has risen to record levels.
According to Breitbart, reported cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis all increased last year. Chlamydia cases dipped in 2013, but in 2014 they rose to a record high of 1.4 million new cases, up 3% from the year before.
“America’s worsening STD epidemic is a clear call for better diagnosis, treatment, and prevention,” said the CDC’s Dr. Jonathan Mermin.
Gonorrhea cases went up to 350,062, up 5% from 2013, and the most contagious forms of syphilis jumped 15% to 20,000 cases.
The vast majority of gonorrhea and chlamydia cases were in 15-24 year-olds, which is an ongoing trend. Each of these infections can cause infertility in women, but they can also be treated with antibiotics. However, they typically have no symptoms, so yearly screening is recommended for sexually active women under the age of 25.
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