The Center for Disease Control (CDC) claims sexually transmitted diseases have achieved “epidemic” proportions, with chlamydia reaching 456 cases per 100,000 in 2014. According to the Associated Press, this was “the highest number of annual cases of any condition ever reported to the [CDC],” with a total of 1.4 million new cases.
Aside from chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were also on the rise. In 2014, 350,062 cases of gonorrhea were reported, while syphilis rose to 20,000 and was disproportionately high among gay and bisexual men. Gonorrhea and chlamydia infections were most likely among 15-to-24-year-olds.
“America’s worsening STD epidemic is a clear call for better diagnosis, treatment, and prevention,” Dr. Jonathan Mermin of the CDC said in a statement.