U.S. infections from three sexually transmitted diseases have risen for your fifth consecutive year.
A little more than 1.7 million cases of chlamydia (kluh-MID’-ee-uh) were reported a year ago. The infection rate rose 3% from 2017.
It’s the foremost ever reported each year, although the trend is basically by associated increased testing.
About 580,000 gonorrhea (gah-nuh-REE’-uh) cases were reported. That’s the highest number since 1991. The pace rose 5%. Scientists worry antibiotic resistance could be considered a factor.
And of course, the syphilis rate rose 15%. About 35,000 cases of by far the most contagious forms of the condition were reported — also one of the most since 1991.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the numbers on Tuesday.
The increases coincided with health care funding cuts and clinic closures.