CDC: STD Rates Reach Record High in U.S.

3 sexually transmitted diseases hit new highs again in US

More than 1.7 million cases of chlamydia were reported last year. The infection rate rose 3% from 2017.

» STD rates in US reach record high, CDC says

It's the most ever reported in a year, though the trend is mainly attributed to increased testing.

About 580,000 gonorrhea cases were reported. That's the highest number since 1991. The rate rose 5%. Scientists worry antibiotic resistance may be a factor.

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And the syphilis rate rose 15%. About 35,000 cases of the most contagious forms of the disease were reported — also the most since 1991.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the numbers Tuesday.

The increases coincided with public health funding cuts and clinic closures.

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