Shocking Fact Of The Day (SFOTD): STIs

The latest CDC report shows an increase in chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis cases in the US for the third year in a row. Of these three most common curable infections, syphilis has shown the greatest increase - up 18% from 2015 to 2016 - and up nearly 35% among women! Thought syphilis was a disease of the past, something that only historic monarchs got? Wrong!

Photo: Treponema pallidum, the organism that causes syphilis.

Even more common, half of all chlamydia and gonorrhea cases occur in young people ages 15-24. Because of this, CDC recommends annual screening for this age group and more frequent screening based on risk factors (such as change in partner) for all age groups.

I ran across this great article (from Teen Vogue - complete with interactive map) about the increase in STIs in the US since 2014. The map includes key STI stats for some of the hottest spring break destinations - just sayin'! :)

#stis #gonorrhea #syphilis #publichealth #cdc #sfotd #statistics #evidence #sexualhealth #reproductivehealth #chlamydia #sti #stdmonth18 #std #stdtesting #gyt

  • Instagram - Black Circle
  • Facebook Basic Black
  • Twitter Basic Black

I’ve specialized in women’s reproductive health for over 18 years, including as a Medical Officer for the World Health Organization in Geneva...

The content of this website is for educational and information purposes only. It is not intended or designed to replace your health care provider’s

independent judgment about any symptom, condition, or the appropriateness or risks of a procedure or treatment for a given person.

Always call 911 or your local emergency services immediately if you think you may have a medical emergency.

Copyright © 2020