This is getting out of hand.
Over 2 million cases of gonorrhea, clamydia and syphilis were reported in 2016, up from just under 2 million in 2015. Most affected overall were teens and young adults aged 15-24, gay and bisexual men and pregnant women.
Locally, New York ranks 12 in reporting the most cases of chlamydia, 22nd for gonorrhea, 5th for syphilis, and 28th for congential syphilis.
Chlamydia remains the most common sexually transmitted infection with 1.6 million cases reported last year. There were 470,000 gonorrhea cases and almost 28,000 cases of primary and secondary syphilis.
Chlamydia was highest among teen and young adult women, but men have seen a rise in diagnosis due to wider availability of urine and extragenital (meaning the rectal or throat swabs) testing.
Syphilis cases have increased every year since an all time low in 2001. In addition to an increase across all racial and ethnic groups, there was an increase in congeital syphilis from 2015 to 2016 as well.
Gonorrhea had the highest increase of the three from 2015 to 2016, with a 18.5% increase in cases.
All three STDs can be treated with antibiotics if caught at the right time, but there is increasing concern about untreatable gonorrhea, which has become resistant to most common antibiotics.
Syphilis symptoms can include sores, rashes, sore throat, and swollen lymph nodes. Chlamydia and gonorrhea don’t always present with symptoms, so they can often go undetected, but include painful urination, swelling, and fever.
Left untreated, STDs can lead to spreading the infection, infertility, increased risk of HIV transmission, and, in some cases, death.
The CDC suggests increased government support for STD prevention and education, parents talking to their kids about sexually transmitted diseases and for individuals to use condoms correctly and often.