Sexually transmitted disease rates continue to rise in Washington

Henrietta Brewer
October 11, 2019

Nevada came in on the top of the list for reported cases of primary and secondary Syphilis in the country, that's according to the Centers for Disease Control.

"From 2014 to 2018, 23 cases of congenital syphilis were reported; this compares to only 13 cases reported from 1995 to 2013". It is divided into stages: primary, secondary, latent, and tertiary.

115,045 cases of syphilis; 71% increase of infectious syphilis since 2014.

Chlamydia increased 3% to more than 1.7 million cases in the USA - the most ever reported to CDC. HIV and STDs are still best prevented through consistent and correct condom use, reduction of the number of sex partners or monogamy and knowing the testing status of sex partners and choosing safer sex practices based on the partner's status.

The CDC reported newborn deaths from syphilis increased 22 percent, from 77 death in 2017 to 94 deaths in 2018. A new bulletin by the CDC paints a particularly dire picture of sexual health in the United States, with some diseases reaching levels not seen for nearly 20 years, and others reaching legitimate all-time highs. "Most people infected with an STD do not know it".

"It's very concerning", said John Swartzberg, clinical professor emeritus at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health.

"We've seen increases like the nation as a whole has seen increases". Contributing to raised risks of HIV infection and to increased healthcare costs, the numbers represent damaging impacts to public, as well as individual, health.

According to The Hill, the National Coalition of STD Directors has urged Congress to increase funding for STI prevention services by $70 million, saying it would be the "bare minimum" for CDC to support an effective response to the current STI outbreak.

"Although STDs can cause severe consequences, such as infertility, all STDs are treatable, most are curable, and all are preventable", Bowen said in the email. The spike in cases is attributed to less use of protection during sexual activity.

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