Kansas sees rise in syphilis cases, newborns with disease


Gonorrhea and chlamydia cases are also on the rise, with a 5 and 3 percent increase, respectively, since 2017.

A big number out of the CDC on Tuesday, and it's not a good one: The health protection agency says there were 2.4 million infections diagnosed and reported from three sexually transmitted diseases in 2018, the "most cases" ever documented in a one-year span, per a CDC epidemiologist. The rates of all three have risen without fail for five years and counting.

The CDC officials say that transmissions of syphilis, as well as other STIs, is driven by impoverished areas and low condom use among young people and men who are gay or bisexual.

Torrone said, "As the STD epidemic continues to grow in the United States, the direct medical costs and the quality of life lost will just increase as well". Because syphilis can be cured with antibiotics, it's critical that pregnant women be screened for the infection at their first prenatal care visit, the CDC advised.

And, noted the CDC, they are seeing an alarming rise in newborn deaths from congenital syphilis, with almost 100 infants dying of the disease in 2018.

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Those cases rose 36% between 2017 and 2018. Increasing cases of syphilis in newborns (congenital syphilis) are particularly worrisome.

"The subject of STD rates and why they remain so high is a discussion with much nuance and no single, simple answer", Wyand noted.

The CDC's annual STD prevention budget decreased in purchasing power by 40% from 2003 to 2018, according to data released by the National Coalition of STD Directors, an association of local health officials.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today released final data on sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in California in 2018.

When it comes to gonorrhea, one of the concerns is its ever-increasing resistance to antibiotics. If left untreated, chlamydia and gonorrhea can cause pelvic inflammatory disease and lead to infertility, ectopic pregnancy, and chronic pelvic pain. "People should feel empowered to ask, 'Which STDs should I be tested for?'" she said. "There's a lot of assumptions that these are adults and they should be making better choices, and if they did, there wouldn't be the spread of STDs", Casalotti says. We also call on HHS to ensure that its Federal Action Plan on STIs, announced earlier this year, is finalized and implemented urgently.

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