What's That Itch? Millions of New STD Cases Reported in U.S.
NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials are reporting another record increase in infections from three sexually transmitted diseases.
More than 2 million new cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported in the U.S. last year — the most ever.
According to the Centers for Disease Control data from 2016 and based on 100,000 people, there were 261 reported cases of Chlamydia in New Hampshire. Using similar data, there were a reported 270 in Vermont, 387 in Connecticut, 395 in Massachusetts and 467 in Rhode Island.
For Gonohrrea, there were 34 cases per 100,000. There were 20 in Vermont, 68 in Rhode Island, 76 in Conneticut and 73 in Massachusetts.
There were 3 cases of Syphilis per 100,000 people in New Hampshire, 3.1 cases in Connecticut, 3.7 in Vermont, 7.2 in Massachusetts and 8.5 in Rhode Island.
The diseases are treatable with antibiotics.
Rates for all three have been rising for several years. Health officials have said better testing and diagnosis have helped increased detection of cases, but also that treatment and prevention programs have been hurt by budget cuts.
Chlamydia is the most common, with nearly 1.6 million cases reported last year. About 470,000 gonorrhea cases were reported, and 28,000 cases of the most contagious forms of syphilis.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the numbers Tuesday.