STDs in America Hit an All-Time High in 2018

A motorhome converted into a mobile HIV screening lab by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation is parked on a busy street on its first day of operations

A motorhome converted into a mobile HIV screening lab by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation is parked on a busy street on its first day of operations

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its 2018 STD Surveillance report, which revealed that after five straight years of dramatic increases, the Unites States saw an all-time high of sexual transmitted illness rates.

Gonorrhea infections increased by 5%, topping 580,000 cases - the highest number since 1991.

CDC epidemiologist, Elizabeth Torrone, said, "Combined they total 2.4 million infections that were diagnosed and reported just in a year ago alone".

Possible factors driving the national rise in STD cases may include a surge in people getting tested and cases being diagnosed and reported. It also noted cases of congenital syphilis, which is when a mother passes the STD to her baby during pregnancy, increased 40 percent from 2017 to 2018.

Kansas had eight cases of newborns being born with syphilis in 2018. About 35,000 cases of the most contagious forms of the disease were reported - also the most since 1991.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the numbers Tuesday. Of those infants, 94 died - up from 77 deaths in 2017.

Although it's easily curable in adults, untreated syphilis can wreak havoc on the brain, heart and nervous system.

Leading the rise in nationwide increases, the USA saw a 40% rise in newborns born with congenital syphilis since previous year, about a 14% increase overall.

Although 41 USA states reported cases, 70 of them occurred in five states: Texas, California Arizona and Louisiana. According to the CDC, this is a result of decreased condom use among high-risk groups; lack of access or coverage for medical care; decreases in local STD and partner notification services; the asymptomatic nature of some of these infections; and stigma and discrimination.

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