Incidence of sexually transmitted infections jumps in US, CDC reports

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 19 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6263
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

The number of sexually transmitted infections in the United States rose significantly from 2013 to 2014, with new cases of chlamydia rising nearly 3%, gonorrhea by 5%, and primary and secondary syphilis by more than 15%, shows a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released on 17 November.1

“America’s worsening [sexually transmitted disease] epidemic is a clear call for better diagnosis, treatment, and prevention,” said Jonathan Mermin, director of the CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and Tuberculosis Prevention. Sexually transmitted diseases affect “people in all walks of life, particularly young women and men, but these data suggest an increasing burden among gay and bisexual men,” he said.

The report found that more than 1 441 789 cases of Chlamydia trachomatis infection were reported to the CDC in 2014, making a rate of 456.1 …

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