HIV & Sexually Transmitted Disease Awareness
Dec 1, 2017 08:30 am
Month of December
More than two million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported in the United States in 2016, the highest number ever, according to the annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The majority of these new diagnoses (1.6 million) were cases of chlamydia. There were also 470,000 gonorrhea cases and almost 28,000 cases of primary and secondary syphilis – the most infectious stages of the disease. Within just one year (from 2015 to 2016), cases of gonorrhea rose by 18.5% and early syphilis by 17.6%. Cases of congenital syphilis rose by 27.6%.
While all three of these STDs can be cured with antibiotics, if left undiagnosed and untreated, they can have serious health consequences, including infertility, life-threatening ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth in infants, and increased risk for HIV transmission.
“Increases in STDs are a clear warning of a growing threat,” said Jonathan Mermin, M.D., M.P.H., director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention. “STDs are a persistent enemy, growing in number, and outpacing our ability to respond.”
Know how to Prevent HIV and STD. At the Health Services for Month of December:
- FREE HIV & Syphilis testing (blood)
- FREE Gonorrhea & Chlamydia testing (urine for men or vaginal self-collection swab for women)