STD cases on the rise as health experts raise alarm


STD cases on the rise as health experts raise alarm

Combined cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis have risen and health officials are raising the alarm over rise of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs).

According to the World Health Organization, over 1 million STDs are acquired everyday worldwide.

Each year, there are an estimated 376 million new infections of chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis and trichomoniasis.

According to CNN, a rise in the prevalence and incidence of STDs can come with serious public health consequences and concerns.

This includes infertility, drug-resistant gonorrhea and congenital syphilis, which can cause infant death.

“…many young women continue to have undiagnosed chlamydial infections, putting them at risk for infertility,” Dr. Gail Bolan, director of the CDC Division of STD Prevention said.

Possible factors resulting to most cases of STDs vary depending on where people live but the obvious one is people failing to use condoms.

The new CDC report calls for federal, state and local agencies to employ strategies that reduce STD incidence and help to improve sexual, reproductive, maternal and infant health.

Youth Risk Behaviour Surveillance has proven that condom use among men who have sex with their fellow men has decreased and the youth fail to go for check-ups.

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