STDs in America Hit an All-Time High in 2018

Henrietta Strickland
October 9, 2019

The rate of cases per 100,000 residents grew to 5.2 in 2018 from 2.1 in 2013. And there were 79,397 cases of gonorrhea, 211% more than 10 years ago.

Sexually transmitted diseases reached epidemic levels in California last year, with three STDs hitting their highest levels in the state in 30 years, according to a report released Tuesday. The infection rate rose 3 percent from 2017.

Kansas had eight cases of newborns being born with syphilis in 2018. But there are some disparities, with the highest number of cases reported among people between the ages of 15-24, African-Americans, and those who are gay, bisexual, or men who have sex with other men, according to the department. About 35,000 cases of the most contagious forms of the disease were reported - also the most since 1991.

"STDs can come at a high cost for babies and other vulnerable populations", Jonathan Mermin, M.D., M.P.H., director of CDC's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, said in a news release. "Curbing STDs will improve the overall health of the nation and prevent infertility, HIV, and infant deaths".

Altogether, 40 percent of babies delivered by women with untreated syphilis die before, during or shortly after delivery.

'This goes beyond data and surveillance, beyond numbers and calculations - we lost 94 lives before they even began to an entirely preventable infection'.

In San Luis Obispo County, 1,200 cases of chlamydia were reported in 2018.

Although 41 USA states reported cases, 70 of them occurred in five states: Texas, California Arizona and Louisiana.

Why? The CDC cites numerous potential reasons, including poverty, drug use, decreases in condom use, and stigma surrounding STDs.

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