STD cases hit an all-time high in the US

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Increases in gonorrhea among women "are also concerning", said the CDC report, with cases going from 197,499 to 232,587 in a single year from 2016-2017.

Sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise in America, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"We are sliding backward", said Jonathan Mermin, director of CDC's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention.

In the previous year, cases of primary and secondary syphilis grew more than 10%.

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"It is evident the systems that identify, treat, and ultimately prevent STDs are strained to near-breaking point". But experts tell NBC News that other factors likely contributing include less funding for agencies focused on STD prevention, doctors failing to test patients for STDs, and a general lack of awareness about sexual health-including the need to get tested even if no symptoms are present.

Gonorrhoea infections also surged by 18%, while chlamydia case were up 6% within the last 12 months.

Almost 2.3 million cases of the STDs were diagnosed in the US past year - up from at least 200,000 in 2016, when a previous record was set, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows.

The three highlighted diseases are treatable, but the report said most go undiagnosed, which can lead to infertility, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth and an increased HIV risk.

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