STDs in America Hit Another Record High in 2018

Photo: APIt’s been a banner half-decade for sexually transmitted diseases in the U.S., according to a new report out Tuesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2018 saw yet another record high for STDs in the country, with reported cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis climbing for the fifth straight year.The report’s findings,…

STDs in America Hit Another Record High in 2018

Photo: APIt’s been a banner half-decade for sexually transmitted diseases in the U.S., according to a new report out Tuesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2018 saw yet another record high for STDs in the country, with reported cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis climbing for the fifth straight year.The report’s findings, as even the CDC admits, are an imperfect measure of how often people in the U.S. are actually getting STDs.For one, some STDS, such as genital herpes and trichomoniasis, aren’t nationally tracked on a yearly basis by the CDC. Other diseases spread by sex, like viral hepatitis and HIV, are tracked on a national level, but their numbers aren’t detailed in this report. And though chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are the three most commonly reported STDs in the country, many people catch these diseases but go undiagnosed, often because they never display any symptoms.Despite these limitations, the new report serves as a barometer for the country’s overall STD trends, and things aren’t looking good. In 2018, there were nearly 2.5 million confirmed cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis—the highest
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