Health beat cdc rates of 3 stds in us reach record high – wfmz

"It is time that President Trump and [Health and Human Services] Secretary [Alex] Azar declare STDs in America a public health crisis," said David Harvey, executive director of the National Coalition of STD Directors. "What goes along with that is emergency access to public health funding to make a dent in these STD rates and to bring these rates down and to ensure that all Americans get access to the health care that they need."

"Gonorrhea diagnoses that were reported to the CDC increased by nearly 67 percent. Diagnoses of primary and secondary syphilis increased over 75 percent, and chlamydia rates continued to increase," he said. "It’s important to remember that while these are preliminary data, and the data are eight months out of date.


There’s absolutely no reason to think that the increases that are being described by the CDC haven’t continued into 2018." Chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhea

Chlamydia, which remained the most common STD reported to the CDC, is caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis and easily transmitted during any form of sexual activity. If not treated, chlamydia can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease in women, which can cause permanent damage to the reproductive system. In men, the infection can spread to the tube that carries sperm from the testicles, causing pain and fever.

"Since 2015, CDC has recommended health care providers prescribe a combination of two drugs to people diagnosed with gonorrhea, a single shot of ceftriaxone and an oral dose of azithromycin," Bolan said. "That approach seems to be working. Emerging resistance to ceftriazone has not been seen since the dual therapy approach was implemented, and there has not yet been a confirmed treatment failure in the United States when using the recommended therapy."

"We need to encourage health care professionals to routinely test and evaluate their patients for sexually transmitted infections," Hook said. "For every sexually active woman in the United States under age 26, it’s recommended that those women get tested for Chlamydia trachomatis, the most common sexually transmitted infection in our country, every year — and yet current data are that that happens for less than half of women."

"We need to switch the dial on this in people’s minds to think more about prevention rather than a too-late curative response," he said. "There’s many ways we could do this. We could teach primary care providers and physicians to talk more about prevention with a client. We could start very early on in sex education by talking about the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases at young ages by giving people the behavioral skills they need to protect themselves."

"The purchasing power of the CDC’s budget for sexually transmitted disease prevention has declined 40 percent in the past 15 years," he said. "The CDC and the public health clinics, where most of this reporting comes from, represent the safety net for Americans, for people who may not have access to primary care providers or other sources of care. So the decline and the limited availability of resources for that is no doubt part of the contributor."