Cases of chlamydia increased by almost seven percent, primary and secondary syphilis cases rose by more than ten percent, and gonorrhea cases soared by almost 19 percent over the past year, according to the CDC data. Forty five percent of those cases were among 15-to 24-year-old females. In 2016, we saw roughly 200,000 fewer cases compared to 2017, and back in 2013, the number was 600,000 less than 2017's figure.
"We expect gonorrhea will eventually wear down our last highly effective antibiotic, and additional treatment options are urgently needed", said Gail Bolan, M.D., director of CDC's Division of STD Prevention.
"After decades of declining STDs, in recent years we've been sliding backwards", Bolan said.
Syphilis diagnoses have spiked by 76 percent since 2013, from 17,375 to 30,644 cases, respectively.
The new numbers from the CDC show that chlamydia is common, but there is a concerning rise in cases of gonorrhea and syphilis.
A renewed commitment from health care providers - who are encouraged to make STD screening and timely treatment a standard part of medical care, especially for the populations most affected - is an important component to reverse current trends.
Poverty, stigma and drug use may contribute to the increases, the CDC said.
Infections among men almost doubled, and cases among women increased for the third year in a row.
The CDC notes that these STDs are curable with antibiotics but often go undiagnosed and untreated, which can lead to severe health problems, including infertility. To do that, we need the government to step up and ensure those working to prevent STDs have the resources they need to do so effectively.
Public health experts are also concerned about antibiotic resistant gonorrhea. "If our representatives are serious about protecting American lives, they will provide adequate funding to address this crisis".
Gonorrhoea infections also surged by 18%, while chlamydia case were up 6% within the last 12 months.