Sexually transmitted diseases have increased to epidemic rates in the U.S., according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chlamydia, the most common infection in the country, has risen to record levels of infected people as well.
Reported cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis all increased last year. While chlamydia rates dropped in 2013, it spiked to 1.4 million — or 456 cases per 100,000 — which was the highest number of annual cases of any condition ever reported to the CDC.
STD’s fall under a broad category as defined by the CDC, including measles, chickenpox and tuberculosis. There’re more than 70 in total.
The majority of gonorrhea and chlamydia infections were in 15- to 24-year-olds, an ongoing trend. They often have no symptoms, and while sexually active people should be screened yearly, many don’t bother and infections go untreated, the CDC said.
Gonorrhea cases totaled 350,062, up 5 percent from 2013, and the most contagious forms of syphilis jumped 15 percent to 20,000.