STD Rates Are At An All-Time High — Here's Why
Time to pump the breaks in the bedroom!
The U.S. is currently experiencing an all-time high when it comes to sexually transmitted diseases. According to new data from the CDC, there were more cases of STDs in 2015 than in any previous year. More specifically, the rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis had a huge spike between 2014 and 2015, marking it as the second year in a row where a huge increase occured.
Dr. Jonathan Mermin, director of CDC's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention said in a statement, "We have reached a decisive moment for the nation."
The report also broke the cases down based on demographic, showing that gay and bisexual men face the greatest risk of being infected by an STD. Americans from the age of 15-24, in particular, accounted for almost two thirds of the chylamydia diagnoses in 2015. The new report also encourages screening recommendations for women under the age of 25, pregnant women, and gay/bisexual men.