Clearly, a lot of you weren’t listening when your mama’s told you to practice safe sex because Sexually transmitted disease rates have been reportedly soaring for the sixth year in a row.
That’s right, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control released an updated report regarding this matter on Tuesday. Gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis were the most reported STD cases in 2019.
According to the CDC,
“In total there were more than 2.5 million reported cases of those three, most commonly reported STDs for that year.”
These STDs can be treated with antibiotics however, the deeper issue occurs when symptoms may appear asymptomatic and the STD is left untreated. When an STD is left untreated, it can cause severe problems such as
“HIV infection risk, chronic pelvic pain, pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, severe pregnancy, and newborn complications, and infant death”
reports the CDC.
The U.S hasn’t had a higher STD rate than over the past six years. According to the acting director for CDC’s Division of STD Prevention,
“less than 20 years ago, gonorrhea rates in the U.S. were at historic lows, syphilis was close to elimination, and advances in chlamydia diagnostics made it easier to detect infections,”
Although the Daily News reported that
“the root causes are woven throughout society, ”
Jo Valentine, associate director of the Office of Health Equity in CDC’s Division of STD Prevention said the main priority is to focus on