Navigation Links
19 Million New STD Infections Reported Annually, CDC Says
Date:11/18/2011

THURSDAY, Nov. 17 (HealthDay News) -- The 19 million new cases of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia diagnosed in the United States each year cost the nation's health care system $17 billion annually, according to an annual report released Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Most sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are treatable but can cause serious, life-long consequences, such as infertility, if they aren't detected.

"STDs are one of the most critical health challenges facing the nation today," CDC researchers said in their report.

Reported cases of chlamydia steadily increased for the past 20 years and reached 1.3 million in 2010. The increase stems from expanded screening efforts, not an actual rise in the number of people infected with chlamydia.

However, a majority of chlamydia infections still go undiagnosed, and fewer than half of sexually active young women undergo annual screening as recommended by the CDC.

Rates of gonorrhea are at historic lows, but more than 300,000 cases were diagnosed in 2010. There are also indications that the disease may be developing resistance to the only available treatment option, according to the CDC.

The syphilis rate fell 1.6 percent from 2009 to 2010, its first decrease in a decade. But the rate among young black men rose 134 percent since 2006.

Syphilis has also increased significantly among young, black gay and bisexual men, which suggests that new infections in this group are fueling the overall rise in syphilis infections among young black men.

This is particularly concerning because there has also been a sharp increase in HIV infections in the black gay and bisexual population, the CDC said.

The report also noted ongoing health inequalities linked with STDs. Blacks and Hispanics are more affected by STDs than whites. This is because many of the same social and economic factors -- such as low income and lack of access to health care -- that place blacks and Hispanics at higher risk for other diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, also increase their risk for STDs.

In addition, young people represent 25 percent of people with sexual experience in the United States, but account for nearly half of new STDs, the CDC said.

While doctors must report cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis to local or state health departments, other STDs, including human papillomavirus (HPV) and genital herpes, are not included in the reporting system. Because of this, the true incidence of STDs is underestimated, the CDC said.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has more about STDs.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, news release, Nov. 17, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. University of Alaska science station nets $16 million award
2. Rice chemists cram 2 million nanorods into single cancer cell
3. Flu Hits 90 Million Children Under 5 Each Year
4. Getting on your nerves: $1.4 million NIH grant to study the regeneration of nerves
5. Scripps Research scientist receives $1 million research grant from Novo Nordisk
6. Scott & White Cancer Research Institute receives $3.5 million grant
7. Earthquakes Put Millions of Lives, Major Cities at Risk
8. Penn collaborates on $8 million Barretts esophagus research network
9. NYUCD awarded $2.2 million NIH grant to decode genome of caries-causing bacteria
10. BUSM researcher awarded 2 NIH grants totaling over $11 million
11. Toronto-based genomics center gets $5 million injection
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
19 Million New STD Infections Reported Annually, CDC Says
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Yisrayl Hawkins, Pastor and Overseer at The House of Yahweh, ... and least understood books in the Holy Scriptures, Revelation. The Book of Revelation paints ... for centuries. Many have tossed it off as mere rubbish, but Yisrayl Hawkins says ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... First Healthcare Compliance (FHC), ... will showcase a range of technology and learning solutions at the 68th Annual ... Expo to be held October 14–18, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Resort in ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... The American College of Medical ... Friedman, PhD, FACMI, during the Opening Session of AMIA’s Annual Symposium in Washington, D.C. ... honor of Morris F. Collen, a pioneer in the field of medical informatics, this ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... 12, 2017 , ... Leading pediatric oncology experts at Children’s National Health ... Congress of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP) Oct. 12-15. Chaired ... Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s National, and Stephen P. Hunger, M.D., Chief ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... FL (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... presenting the latest in wound care advancements to physician colleagues, skilled nursing facility ... is titled, "Navigating the Treacherous Waters of Wound Care." , "At many of ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/12/2017)... DIEGO , Oct. 12, 2017 AVACEN ... recognized the company with their  2017 New Product Innovation Award ... based on extensive primary and secondary medical device market research ... Medical, through its first-to-market OTC, drug-free pain relief product, the ... unique approach to treating fibromyalgia widespread pain. ...
(Date:10/11/2017)... Oct. 11, 2017  BioPharmX Corporation (NYSE MKT: BPMX) ... developed an innovative way to use nonlinear optical imaging ... of new drugs. ... Conference will show how researchers from BioPharmX and the ... School used a suite of imaging techniques in what ...
(Date:10/11/2017)... -- Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. ("Hill-Rom") (NYSE: HRC), today provided an ... Puerto Rico , where the company ... Following a comprehensive onsite assessment, ... damage, temporary loss of power and minimal water damage ... operations have resumed, and the company expects to return ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: