Increased Cases Of Chlamydia, Gonorrhea And Syphilis

New York – Three sexually transmitted diseases in the United States increased for the fifth consecutive year, according to figures released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

More than 1.7 million cases of chlamydia were reported last year, an increase of 3% compared to 2017. It is the largest total reported in a year, although the trend is mostly attributed to an increase in the analyzes.

Some 580,000 cases of gonorrhea were reported, the highest total since 1991. The rate rose 5%. Scientists fear that a factor may be antibiotic resistance.

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Syphilis cases rose 15%. Some 35,000 cases of the most contagious forms of the disease were reported, the highest number since 1991.

The increases coincide with cuts in public health funds and clinic closures.

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